Dallas Included in United Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™
[15 March 2018 – DALLAS] – Dallas 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.
Dallas is part of the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. Dallas is thrilled at possibility of welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of football in AT&T Stadium, offering an advanced and existing stage on which the world's best players will compete.
The full list of Candidate Host Cities can be found below. If the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is awarded to the United Bid, FIFA will select up to 16 Host Cities from the proposed slate of 23.
"Canada, Mexico, and the United States 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," said John Kristick, Executive Director of the United Bid. "We 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 which will allow the entire global football community to improve and grow."
"Dallas is honored to be named an official Candidate Host City for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™," said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission. "Dallas had a great experience as a host in 1994 and we have developed into one of the top areas in the country for soccer, evident with the success of FC Dallas, the history of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, and the opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in October at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Our central location in the U.S., our two major airports in DFW International and Love Field, along with our great facilities in AT&T Stadium, Fair Park and Cotton Bowl Stadium, and Toyota Stadium make Dallas an ideal location to host."
"We want Dallas to be on the international stage for sports," continued Paul. "We wish the United Bid Committee the best of luck in bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America."
Canada, Mexico, and the United States require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Dallas, along with the United Bid, will instead be able to work with FIFA to ensure the players, officials, and fans have an extraordinary experience at the largest FIFA World Cup™ ever staged.
Across every metric, the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America has the potential to deliver something extraordinary for Dallas, North American, FIFA, and for football.
The United Bid's final Candidate Host Cities are:
- Mexico City
- Kansas City
- Los Angeles
- New York/New Jersey
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Washington DC
About the United Bid Committee
The United Bid Committee was created by the National Federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States to manage the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.
About The 2026 FIFA World Cup™
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure to ensure a successful tournament. The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is uniquely suited to accommodate FIFA's high-level standards for hosting a FIFA World Cup™. If the United Bid is selected by FIFA as the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, up to 16 Host Cities will be selected as venues for games. Canada, Mexico and the United States also have a long and successful history as hosts - 13 FIFA World Cups™ have been hosted in Canada, Mexico and the United States, five of which have set attendance records.