Kansas City’s FIFA World Cup Bid Executive Committee is beginning the final phase of bidding to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup. Kansas City would be one of the 10 host cities in the United States and, according to a release from Sporting KC, is one of 17 cities still being considered.
“The Kansas City metropolitan area has built over $400 million in soccer facilities over the past decade. But even more importantly, we have really been the thought leaders in innovative ways to grow the game of soccer,” said David Ficklin, the Executive Director of the KC 2026 World Cup Bid. With these upgrades to soccer facilities, Kansas City is more than ready to host the World Cup.
Kansas City estimates that being a host city could generate up to $620 million (according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group). This means it would benefit all of KC and, regardless of if you are a soccer fan or not, it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people.