Soccer is an international phenomenon that in last several years has become one of the most popular team sports in the world. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is the world’s largest single sporting event held every 4 years. The event has a global cumulative televised audience of over 26 billion and an estimated economic impact for one host city projected to be between $300-$500 million according to the Economic Research Associates’ economic impact study completed in 2009 for the 2018 World Cup Games.
The World Cup was played in the United States for the first time in 1994 and included six matches played at our own Cotton Bowl Stadium. Fair Park also housed the International Broadcast Center for six months and hosted 10,000 media representatives. Coming soon, the world will turn its eyes to the 2026 World Cup which will be the largest to date. Soccer federations from Canada, the United States of America and Mexico have formed the United Bid Committee and is submitting a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Morocco is the only other country invited to submit a bid by March 2018 to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
In October, the United Bid Committee named a short list of 32 cities for hosting potential soccer matches that include 4 Canadian cities, 3 Mexican cities and 25 US cities. Dallas is one of the cities on the Bid Committee’s short list that includes Houston, Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas, and others. Both the Cotton Bowl Stadium and the AT&T Stadium are included in the bid. Besides the matches, each City will host a FIFA Fan Fest for 30 days and one City will be selected to house the International Broadcast Center.
An announcement of the 2026 host country is expected by FIFA in June 2018. Once that announcement is made, the final cities to host World Cup matches will be determined.
Stay tuned for more World Cup announcements. Come and see us at Fair Park.
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