Kansas City has officially won its bid to be one of the North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup. Matches will be played at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City was named one of the 17 finalist locations across the United States back in May. FIFA announced several US markets as host cities on Thursday, June 16. The list of cities includes Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City and more. A total of 60 matches will be played in these locations in the United States, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.
This will mark the first time since 2015 that Arrowhead Stadium has hosted a FIFA game. The last game played was an exhibition between Mexico and Paraguay. In 2019, FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan were scheduled to play an International Champions Cup match, but renovations forced a late location change for the game.
The Kansas City Sports Commission recently released renderings of what Arrowhead Stadium will look like for the World Cup matches. KSHB-TV’s Aaron Ladd shared those images on Twitter:
Chiefs HC Andy Reid and QB Patrick Mahomes weighed in on the prospect of the World Cup coming to Kansas City shortly before the announcement. Both were quite excited by the idea and what it would mean for the city.
More to come.