Kansas City named host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup match

The global spotlight is shining on Kansas City after it was officially named one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup.Soccer fans filled KC Live! in the Power & Light District Thursday afternoon to watch a feed of FIFA’s official announcement.The United States will host the 2026 World Cup, with Kansas City likely to get some of the month-long tournament’s games.The World Cup is considered the biggest sports event in the world.Kansas City was one of more than a dozen cities that bid to host some of the games.In October, officials with international soccer’s governing body toured Kansas City.While we wait on the exact location for some of the matches, Arrowhead Stadium could be one site. Some of the stadium’s seats would have to be removed to fit a full World Cup pitch into the stadium.”Oh, my gosh. When you think of Sporting KC and the Current and you go out there and see that energy and that excitement, to know that we’re welcoming the world into that, that’s what that means. Whether you’re a soccer fan or not, or a football fan, it’s crazy to think about what’s going to happen to our city in just four short years,” said Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission.”You get all these different countries to come with their culture and their ethnicity. I think it will be tremendous for this city. I don’t know another city in the Midwest that could represent the Midwest better than Kansas City,” said Peter Vermes, Sporting KC manager. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said it could cost at least $150 million to host a World Cup match. “This is a culmination of a long time. If you remember this area a few years ago, there wasn’t Power & Light. There wasn’t a new arena. There wasn’t Sporting Park in KCK. There wasn’t a streetcar. But look at where we are today,” Lucas said.

The global spotlight is shining on Kansas City after it was officially named one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup.

Soccer fans filled KC Live! in the Power & Light District Thursday afternoon to watch a feed of FIFA’s official announcement.

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The United States will host the 2026 World Cup, with Kansas City likely to get some of the month-long tournament’s games.

The World Cup is considered the biggest sports event in the world.

Kansas City was one of more than a dozen cities that bid to host some of the games.

In October, officials with international soccer’s governing body toured Kansas City.

While we wait on the exact location for some of the matches, Arrowhead Stadium could be one site. Some of the stadium’s seats would have to be removed to fit a full World Cup pitch into the stadium.

“Oh, my gosh. When you think of Sporting KC and the Current and you go out there and see that energy and that excitement, to know that we’re welcoming the world into that, that’s what that means. Whether you’re a soccer fan or not, or a soccer fan, it’s crazy to think about what’s going to happen to our city in just four short years,” said Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission.

“You get all these different countries to come with their culture and their ethnicity. I think it will be tremendous for this city. I don’t know another city in the Midwest that could represent the Midwest better than Kansas City,” said Peter Vermes , Sporting KC manager.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said it could cost at least $150 million to host a World Cup match.

“This is a culmination of a long time. If you remember this area a few years ago, there wasn’t Power & Light. There wasn’t a new arena. There wasn’t Sporting Park in KCK. There wasn’t a streetcar. But look at where we are today,” Lucas said.

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