2026 World Cup site selection enters final phase

Rebecca Crockett
March 08, 2019 - 6:13 am

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Kansas City, MO - The City of Fountains has about 18 months to show FIFA World Cup organizers that it is a perfect site to host games in the world's most prestigious soccer tournament.

Last June, FIFA chose North America to host the 2026 World Cup.

Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium was chosen as one of 17 venues still in the running to be one of 10 to host games. 

There are plenty of reasons to be excited if Kansas City is selected, said David Ficklin, KC Bid director.

"From an economic perspective, a host venue can expect up to $620 million in incremental economic activity," Ficklin said. "That's a huge number."

Sixty matches will be divided up among the 10 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

"It's really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us, for people to see Kansas City, and see what a great place it would be as a place to visit or come live," Ficklin said.

Ficklin says Kansas City is a perfect fit for FIFA because it is large enough to host the World Cup, but small enough for the events to have a major impact.

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