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Kansas City to host World Cup matches in 2026 | 89.3 thousand rubles

Kansas City will host World Cup soccer games in 2026, FIFA announced on Thursday afternoon.

Kansas City is among 16 cities in the US, Canada and Mexico that will host the world’s biggest sporting event. It will be the largest sporting event in Kansas City history.

“The city will show itself in 2026,” Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said in a pre-recorded message that accompanied the FIFA announcement. “We can’t wait to welcome fans from all over the world to the heart of America and the loudest stadium in the world.”

FIFA officials have said that in 2026, three countries will host the FIFA World Cup for the first time. Other US cities are Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle. In Mexico, the host cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey. Canada will host Toronto and Vancouver.

With 48 teams and 80 matches, the new expanded format will be the biggest FIFA World Cup in history, according to FIFA officials.

While teams and dates for 2026 have yet to be determined, the tournament is expected to have a huge economic impact on the Kansas City region when it takes place, most likely in July.

“We’ve definitely presented the best case for Kansas City,” said Jeff Sittner, Burns & McDonnell’s project manager for global facilities, who worked with the city’s organizing committee for over two years to create a unique experience when a FIFA delegation visited Kansas City in October. 2021.

Arrowhead Stadium has not played football since 2015, when the national teams of Mexico and Paraguay met in a friendly match. But when the FIFA delegates arrived in the fall, the team from Burns & McDonnell greeted them with Oculus headwear designed to give them a 3D virtual look at Arrowhead in 2026.

When members of the FIFA committee put on their hats, they saw a picture of a football field from the end zone at Arrowhead. Since the football field is wider than an NFL football field, some of the lower bowl bleachers will be temporarily removed on one side.

“I think Oculus and the presentation definitely made an impression,” Sittner said.

Sittner has already worked with FIFA in his 25 years in the design of sports facilities. But he never gave FIFA a virtual picture of what was to come in the future.

“It was definitely the first time FIFA presented concepts in this way,” Sittner said. “They really praised it.”

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Jeff Sittner of Burns & McDonnell with the Oculus headgear and gear that helped FIFA officials sell Kansas City as a World Cup venue.

The presentation required some last-minute adjustments after delaying the meeting, which was scheduled to start at 8am using a sunlight-sensitive Oculus device. It only started two hours later.

“By the time, as you can imagine, the sun was already changing the position we had set on the field,” Sittner said. “It got pretty warm. We moved from the field to the press box. We tried to (know) in advance where they would be and prepare for when they would see virtual reality. Our team tried their best to put them in the right position.”

Representatives from the Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City, Kansas City Athletic Commission and Visit KC will travel to New York on Sunday for a series of FIFA seminars and meetings. FIFA is expected to introduce a business model for each host city over the next four years leading up to the 2026 matches.

“Modifying existing stadiums certainly comes with a number of challenges,” said Kansas City’s director of bids Katherine Holland. “But at least you have the infrastructure to work with, and it was a lot of conversations we had with them (FIFA) during the application process, assuring them that Arrowhead could support these modifications.”

Sittner added, “If you consider what we did when the Royals won the World Series, when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, all these events and the NFL Draft coming to Kansas City, then there’s a team of people who are doing an amazing job to make sure the people who attend these events have no idea how difficult it is and how much energy goes into it.”

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