The crowd was hooked, screaming, jumping, waving flags and creating a whirlpool of red-white and blue joyful guts poses. And why? Kansas City had just won the 2026 World Cup.
The process of selecting a host city for a tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada has evolved like the World Cup itself. A few hopers, a deeper than expected underdog, a few amazing flops, and your favorite expected win.
KC live fans! The winners’ watch party on Thursday celebrated what seemed like an unlikely victory until recently. When Fifa evaluated Kansas City’s bid in 2018, it won some of the lowest points for accommodation and transportation among candidates.
However, the airport has been rebuilt, has a vibrant football culture, the Hunt family is one of the most influential dynasties in American sports, and Missouri, unlike Colorado, has a World Cup ticket. We have passed a bill that exempts us from consumption tax.
In any case, the map of the venue still looks strange, but it was negligent to choose a Midwestern city. The mayor of Chicago at the time, the third-largest city in the United States crazy about sports and the home of the American Football Federation, was a potential financial debt. So did Montreal, who quit the race last summer when the Quebec government refused the reported $ 75 million donation.
Edmonton was spurred on by FIFA. That is, Canada has only two cities, three in Mexico and 11 in the United States. And KC beat DC. “I can’t imagine the capital playing a big role when the World Cup comes to the United States,” FIFA tournament and event chief officer Collin Smith told reporters Thursday.But that’s what’s happening..
After FIFA inspectors were bored and panned distant FedEx Field, joining forces with nearby Baltimore and its solid downtown stadium couldn’t shake Boston’s favorite governing body. US Senator described Fifa as a “mafia-style criminal syndicate” at a 2015 parliamentary hearing in Washington. So perhaps the world’s football power brokers aren’t overly distraught to skip the city.
This World Cup is very similar to USA’94, even if Diana Ross reappears at the opening ceremony. (Don’t bet on it.) When the 24-team tournament began, the USMNT had only appeared in one World Cup since 1950 and no MLS was born.
The World Cup will also slip from a compressed winter contest of 32 teams and 64 games in a country smaller than Connecticut to a summer celebration of 80 games in 48 bloated transcontinental countries, Qatar. It’s very different from 2022.
There were nine host cities in USA ’94. The Boston, Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas regions repeat, but none of the 1994 stadiums will be used in 2026. Brazil’s fourth title, the antique Rose Bowl, has been taken over by the luxurious new SoFi stadium. ..
FIFA did not reveal where the showpiece match would take place. New York is a strong candidate for the finals, but how important is that? Homogenization, whether Starbucks or the Swiss non-profit organization that runs global football, is the goal of an efficient and major international business.
“Now the exoticism is diminishing. Journalist and writer Jonathan Wilson talks about hosting the World Cup in 2014.” But in reality, all World Cups are held in Fifaland. Otherwise, you won’t be able to understand where you were, so at the middle line. ”
Given the economic elitism of the tournament, Davos was probably the better place, but FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave a live rebirth in Manhattan.
Income growth is tremendous. FIFA said it had a surplus of nearly $ 100 million from $ 235 million in revenue in the 1994 tournament. When it was marketed in 2026, North American bids projected revenue of $ 14 billion and Fifa a surplus of $ 11 billion. The governing body is literally a law in itself, claiming that the government agrees to provide “exemptions from labor and other laws”, streamlined border and work permit processes, and tax exemptions.
They sound like a series of exorbitant impositions, a claim of Fifa’s sovereignty over a democratic government. Then again: Local and state authorities are willing to spare public funds and tax cuts for professional sports, citing the economic benefits of the sky. A multi-billion dollar company that pays a lower tax rate than the average individual. What are more Americans?
NFL stadiums with problematic fields such as LA and Dallas venues need to be modified and laid grass on artificial turf, but the obvious benefits to the recent World Cup to reduce profitability and waste in 2026 First, there is no need to change the stadium. It was built or significantly rebuilt for the tournament, avoiding legacy scandals such as Brazil’s $ 550 million stadium, which became a bus parking lot.
And not everything about the biggest sporting event on the planet can be quantified and monetized. “This part of the world doesn’t understand what will happen here in 2026. These three countries will turn upside down and then turn around again,” Infantino told reporters. “The world will invade Canada, Mexico, the United States, and they will be invaded by a great wave of joy and happiness.”
The party began on Thursday in Kansas City, Vancouver, Atlanta, Monterrey, and 12 more cities across the continent.