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UNITED BID COMMITTEE COMMENCES OUTREACH FOR POTENTIAL HOST CITIES IN BID FOR 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP

 August 15, 2017

 

UNITED BID COMMITTEE COMMENCES OUTREACH FOR POTENTIAL HOST CITIES IN BID FOR 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP

 

44 Cities and 49 Stadiums Across Canada, Mexico and USA

Approached to Become Official Host Cities

 

CHICAGO (August 15, 2017) –  The United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States has officially started its outreach for cities to declare their interest to serve as host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations. The RFI asks each city to declare its interest to take part in the bid process and to provide basic information by September 5, 2017.

A total of 49 stadiums located in or around those 44 candidate cities will be considered for inclusion in the official bid that will be sent to FIFA on March 16, 2018.

Houston is one of the 44 candidate cities. “Houston is ready for the World Cup, just like we were ready last year to host what turned out to be the best Super Bowl ever, on the field and throughout the host city. We’re an international soccer city because we are a city where one of every four residents is foreign born, almost all of them from countries that revere soccer and breed the most excited soccer fans on earth as well as some of the best players,” said Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston.

After cities declare their interest, the United Bid Committee will review the submissions and intends to issue a shortlist of cities by late September. The Bid Committee will then provide more detailed bid documentation to the cites and conduct meetings to discuss any questions as candidate cities prepare their final bids, due early January 2018.

Harris County - Houston Sports Authority CEO, Janis Burke said, “We are thrilled to be working with Harris County, the City of Houston, NRG Stadium and the Houston Dynamo to bring the World Cup back to the United States for the first time since 1994 and to Houston for the first time in history. Houston is the nation’s most diverse city and is known for its hospitality and, if selected, we would be horned to host the countries of the world for this international event.”

The Bid Committee plans to include 20-25 venues in its final bid to FIFA. If selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, subject to FIFA’s determination, it is anticipated that at least 12 stadiums could ultimately host matches. For cities not selected to host matches, other opportunities exist to be involved in the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, including as hosts for the International Broadcast Center, Team Base Camps or for major events such as the Preliminary and Final Draws.

“Harris County is home to several world-class sports facilities, and I am confident that NRG Stadium will be the perfect venue for an event of this magnitude. Houston has extensive experience hosting international soccer matches, evidenced by capacity crowds at NRG Stadium for some of the world’s top soccer teams, including Copa America Centenario, Gold Cup and most recently Manchester United vs. Manchester City,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure. Canada, Mexico and the United States are well suited to accommodate the high-level standards FIFA sets for hosting a World Cup.

“The Host Cities included in our bid will be critical to its success — not only because of their facilities and ability to stage major events, but because they are committed to further developing the sport of soccer by harnessing the impact of hosting a FIFA World Cup — and looking beyond the game itself to make a positive contribution to our communities and the world,” said        United Bid Committee Executive Director John Kristick. “We have had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to working closely with each city and determining the best venues for our official bid that we’ll submit next year.”

Houston First President & Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Ullrich said, “We are honored to work with our city partners to create a compelling bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup games.  Our recent infrastructure improvements in and around the city, showcased by Super Bowl 51 have elevated our status as a world class host city for virtually any major event.  We look forward to showcasing all our city has to offer.”

The 49 stadiums represent a wide spectrum of facilities, including stadiums for soccer, college and NFL football and domed and retractable roof stadiums. Each stadium is required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches and a capacity of at least 80,000 seats to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.

A list of the candidate cities and venues can be found at the end of this release. 

Municipal leaders in each city have been asked to provide information about each city’s transportation infrastructure, past experience hosting major sporting and cultural events, available accommodations, environmental protection initiatives, potential venues and more.

In addition to a stadium capable of hosting international soccer, each city must propose international-level training sites and locations for team base camps, and hotels for teams, staff and VIP’s. The Bid Committee will also evaluate cities on their commitment to sustainable event management, human rights, environmental protection, aspirations to develop soccer and the positive social impact they anticipate in the local community and beyond stemming from the event.

FIFA established a deadline of August 11 for Member Associations to express their interest to bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Morocco declared its intention to bid on this date. Both bidders must now submit their proposals for consideration by FIFA, with a decision on whether to select one or other of the bidders to be taken at the FIFA Congress next June.

The United Bid Committee kicked off its efforts earlier this month by announcing the Board of Directors and the executive leadership team that includes Executive Director John Kristick, Managing Director of Technical Operations Jim Brown, Canada Bid Director Peter Montopoli, who is the Canada Soccer General Secretary, and Mexico Bid Director Yon De Luisa, who is a Televisa Vice President.

The United Bid Committee’s Board of Directors includes Sunil Gulati (Chairman), Steven Reed (Canada), Peter Montopoli (Canada), Decio De Maria (Mexico), Guillermo Cantu (Mexico), Carlos Cordeiro (USA), Donna Shalala (USA), Dan Flynn (USA), Don Garber (USA), Carlos Bocanegra (USA), Julie Foudy (USA), Ed Foster-Simeon (USA) and Victor Montagliani (CONCACAF). Legendary sports executive Robert Kraft has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Board.

The three nations have hosted a combined 13 FIFA World Cups (men’s, women and youth), more than any other trio of geographically-connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events.

 

Contact  Information:

Neil Buethe (USA)  

Tel: +1 (312) 528-1270

Email:  nbuethe@ussoccer.org

 

Sandra Gage (Canada) Tel: +1 (613) 894-8541

Email:  sgage@canadasoccer.com

 

Israel Márquez (Mexico) Tel: +52 1 (55) 38528119

Email:  imarquez@fmf.mx

 

-ussoccer.com-

 

 

Houston Bid Committee Members

Janis Burke, CEO, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority

Kathy Luhn, Chief of Staff, Harris County Judge Emmett’s Office

Susan Christian, Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Events

Chris Canetti, President, Houston Dynamo/Houston Dash

Jamey Rootes, President, Houston Texans

David Fletcher, General Manager, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment

Kevin Hoffman, Executive Director, Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation

Mark Miller, General Manager, SMG-NRG Park

Dawn Ullrich, President & CEO, Houston First Corporation

Mike Waterman, President, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Executive Vice President, Houston First Corporation

John Solis, Senior Vice President, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

Atlanta, GA

Mercedes-Benz  Stadium

75,000

Baltimore, MD

M&T Bank Stadium

71,008

Birmingham, AL

Legion Field

71,594

Boston, MA (Foxborough, MA)

Gillette Stadium

65,892

Charlotte, NC

Bank of America Stadium

75,400

Chicago, IL

Soldier Field

61,500

Cincinnati, OH

Paul Brown Stadium

65,515

Cleveland, OH

FirstEnergy Stadium

68,710

Dallas, TX

Cotton Bowl

92,100

Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX)

AT&T Stadium

105,000

Denver, CO

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

76,125

Detroit, MI

Ford Field

65,000

Green Bay, WI

Lambeau Field

41

Houston, TX

NRG Stadium

71,500

Indianapolis, IN

Lucas Oil Stadium

65,700

Jacksonville, FL

EverBank Field

64,000

Kansas City, MO

Arrowhead Stadium

76,416

Las Vegas, NV

Raiders Stadium

72,000

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

78,500

Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA)

LA Stadium at Hollywood Park

TBD

Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA)

Rose Bowl

87,527

Miami, FL

Hard Rock Stadium

65,767

Minneapolis, MN

U.S. Bank Stadium

63,000

Nashville, TN

Nissan Stadium

69,143

New Orleans, LA

Mercedes-Benz  Superdome

72,000

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ)

MetLife Stadium

82,500

Orlando, FL

Camping World Stadium

65,000

Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln Financial Field

69,328

Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ)

University of Phoenix Stadium

73,000

Pittsburgh, PA

Heinz Field

68,400

Salt Lake City, UT

Rice-Eccles Stadium

45,807

San Antonio, TX

Alamodome

72,000

San Diego, CA

Qualcomm Stadium

71,500

San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA)

Levi’s Stadium

75,000

Seattle, WA

CenturyLink Field

69,000

Tampa, FL

Raymond James Stadium

73,309

Washington, DC (Landover, MD)

FedEx Field

82,000

 

Canada(7 cities, 9 stadiums)

Calgary, Alberta

McMahon Stadium

35,650

Edmonton, Alberta

Commonwealth  Stadium

56,335

Montréal, Québec

Stade Olympique

61,004

Montréal, Québec

Stade Saputo

20,801

Ottawa, Ontario

TD Place Stadium

24,341

Regina,  Saskatchewan

Mosaic Stadium

30,048

Toronto, Ontario

Rogers Centre

53,506

Toronto, Ontario

BMO Field

28,026

Vancouver, British Columbia

BC Place

55,165

 

Mexico (3 cities, 3 stadiums)

Guadalajara, Jalisco

Estadio Chivas

45,364

Mexico City

Estadio Azteca

87,000

Monterrey, Nuevo León

Estadio Rayados

52,237

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