Cincinnati on shortlist of candidates to host World Cup in 2026

Cincinnati “has officially been included” in a bid for the United States, Canada, and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. The three countries said they have joined together “to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary opportunity,” according to the article. Cincinnati is among the 23 North American cities listed in the proposal, 16 of which will be selected for the international tournament if the United Bid is successful. The Queen City would hold World Cup events at Paul Brown stadium, and as a host city would see an estimated economic impact of $90 million to $480 million. John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid, said, “[w]e are confident that the combination of our 23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network can help FIFA to achieve new records for attendance and revenue.” For more, read the full article

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