Baltimore part of the bid for the 2026 World Cup

Clyde Nash
March 17, 2018

Thanks to FIFA's outrageous demands towards host cities, a few major North American cities opted not to be included in the joint bid between the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup.

"The committee has kept its commitment by submitting a quality bid book while respecting FIFA's deadlines", said a statement released by the committee on Friday. Ottawa announced its official support for Canadian cities in the bid - promising up to $5 million in immediate help if the unified bid is selected.

North America and Morocco are vying to host the 2026 World Cup, the first 48-team edition (up from 32) of world soccer's quadrennial championship.

Vancouver, whose B.C Place Stadium staged the 2015 Women's World Cup final, was dropped after failing to reach an agreement with the United 2026 Bid Committee.

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The American candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington D.C. The United States, Canada and Mexico are bidding jointly to host the tournament, which was last in the 1994.

Joly also confirmed Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton will be candidates to play host to games if the United 2026 bid is successful.

Kristick emphasises that in terms of facilities the bid offers a lot more than just host cities.

Emanuel has aggressively courted and won the rights to host several marquee sporting events, including the NFL Draft, the America's Cup qualifier yacht race and the MLS and NBA All-Star games.

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"Kansas City is the absolute ideal place to host the World Cup Soccer tournament in 2026".

If both bids succeed in impressing the Task Force, the remaining 207 member associations of Fifa will cast their vote for who will host the 2026 finals in Russian Federation on 13 June.

"Gillette Stadium is thrilled at the possibility of welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of soccer, offering an advanced and existing stage on which the world's best players will compete."
Each stadium included in the proposal has an average capacity of over 68,000. The United Bid is in the running against Morocco.

After Las Vegas was asked to continue in the selection process, the committee members realized the costs associated with a World Cup bid.

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