“Our team effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to Kansas City has culminated in today’s success as we prepare to be one of few American cities selected to host the largest sporting event in the world,” said Mayor Quinton Lucas. “The World Cup will bring jobs to our residents, will generate hundreds of millions of dollars for our region, and will illustrate on a global stage what we’ve known for some time: Kansas City is the soccer capital of America. I can’t wait to welcome the world to Kansas City.”
Kansas City is joined by Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle in the United States. Toronto, Vancouver, Canada, and Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey, Mexico, were also selected.
“To be named a host city for not only the biggest single sport event in history, but as part of the most competitive selection process FIFA has ever facilitated is an incredible accomplishment for our city, our bid committee and everyone involved,” said Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC. “This is an important milestone in our work to make Kansas City an international destination for sports tourism and I could not be more proud.”
FIFA World Cup 2026 matches will be held at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, and the loudest stadium in the world.
Missouri is full of championship winning teams. Kansas City is home to the aforementioned 2-time Super Bowl Champion Chiefs. And the city is also home to the 2-time World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
On the other side of the state, St. Louis is home to the 11-time World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. And it’s not just professional sports teams that we get to cheer for in Missouri. More than 20 college teams ranking from D-3 to the SEC stretch across our state.
If you’re a sports fan, there’s no better place right now than Missouri, and with the World Cup in 2026, Missouri is primed once more to stand above the crowd as the State of Champions.