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Kansas City to host 2026 World Cup matches

Kansas City has made an aggressive bid to be one of the US host cities for the huge international event hosted by FIFA. Arrowhead will host the games, and it will be a huge economic boost.

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Kansas City, the soccer World Cup is coming.

The Chiefs’ home will host some FIFA World Cup matches in 2026, as Arrowhead Stadium’s GEHA Field was one of 16 venues selected to host the month-long 48-team men’s tournament.

The United States, Canada and Mexico jointly host the World Cup, with all matches since the quarter-finals taking place in the United States.

This is the second time the United States has hosted a World Cup, having last hosted the men’s tournament in 1994.

ARE THERE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR KANSAS CITY?

Not yet and they probably won’t be for a few years. FIFA’s website says “information regarding ticketing for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be available in due course.”

They have yet to pass the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which takes place in the fall.

You have plenty of time to save, as tickets for the 2026 games are expected to be around $300.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE MATCH IF I CAN’T BUY TICKETS?

There will be watch parties at KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District. The downtown spot will most likely be the central hub for watch parties, as it has been in the past.

Fan festivals could pop up all over town. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and its huge lawn is one prospect. Union Station and the Liberty Memorial could also get in on the action.

IS ARROWHEAD STADIUM READY TO HOST THE WORLD CUP?

Renovations will need to be made to the stadium before 2026. Currently, Arrowhead has a capacity of 76,416, but that number will decrease once construction is complete.

Seats should be removed from the lower tier corners of the stadium to comply with FIFA pitch regulations. Space should also be made for reception and media seating.

Arrowhead’s grass will also require a special ventilation system that would ensure the playing field is the same as other World Cup stadiums.

WHO ELSE HOSTS?

The following cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico join Kansas City:

  • Atlanta

  • Boston

  • dallas

  • Houston

  • Los Angeles

  • New York/New Jersey

  • philadelphia cream

  • San Francisco

  • Seattle

  • Toronto

  • Vancouver

  • Guadalajara

  • Mexico City

  • Monterrey

This story was originally published June 17, 2022 12:11 p.m.

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Joseph Hernandez is a member of The Star’s duty journalism team. A native of Kansas City, Hernandez is a graduate of Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously wrote for the Columbia Missourian and The Pitch.