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Mayor Durkan Applauds Seattle as a Finalist for United Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

22 Other Cities Join Seattle in Final Bid Submission to FIFA

Seattle (March 15, 2018) –  Mayor Jenny A. Durkan applauded that Seattle has been included as an official Candidate Host City in the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United Bid announced its list of 23 Candidate Host Cities that will be included in the Bid Book earlier today.

Seattle is part of the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. In January, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to support Seattle as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup tournament in Seattle. In March, the Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous support to the City of Seattle’s bid to be a host city.

“We are excited to be included as an official Candidate Host City for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Seattle is North America’s best soccer town, and we are thrilled to be one of the finalists to help represent North America as part of the largest World Cup ever held,” said Mayor Durkan. “It is an enormous opportunity for our City, our fans, and our region’s economy. We’re ready to welcome teams and visitors from across the globe to the Emerald City.”

If the 2026 FIFA World Cup is awarded to the United Bid, FIFA will select up to 16 Host Cities from the 23 finalists. The full list of Candidate Host Cities can be found here.