FIFA selects Atlanta as one in every of 16 host cities

Behind Atlanta United’s success and document attendance numbers, Atlanta has grown into one of many hottest soccer cities on the earth.

On Thursday, its success paid off in a giant means. FIFA introduced that Atlanta shall be one in every of 16 cities to host the 2026 World Cup.

The complete schedule shall be launched at a later date.

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FIFA chosen the bid as joint host between United States, Mexico and Canada in June 2018.

All the quarterfinals, semifinals and the World Cup ultimate shall be performed within the U.S. That’s 60 video games complete to be cut up amongst Atlanta and the opposite 10 U.S. cities chosen: New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Philadelphia, Kansas Metropolis and Boston.

The cities formally chosen to host these World Cup matches in Mexico and Canada are: Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico Metropolis, Toronto and Vancouver. Canada and Mexico will host 10 video games every.

“We’ve the pleasure of celebrating Atlanta’s choice as a number metropolis of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, due to our sturdy, bipartisan public-private partnerships and plenty of who’ve been working for years to place Georgia on the map since we hosted the 1996 Olympics,” mentioned Gov. Brian P. Kemp. “This premiere occasion could have a optimistic affect on so many hardworking Georgians. Resorts will fill with company from all over the world; eating places will present guests a style of the South they won’t quickly neglect; points of interest throughout Georgia will welcome these searching for to expertise all of the Peach State has to supply; and in every interplay, individuals will see Georgia’s Southern hospitality on full show. The world shall be watching as we meet this second, and we’re pleased with all of the entities who labored so onerous to get us up to now.”

“Atlanta is a soccer city, and we’re excited to carry the sport’s greatest athletes to the world’s greatest metropolis,” mentioned Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “Atlanta has already been residence to the Tremendous Bowl and the Olympics, and thru our sturdy collaboration with the State and our enterprise neighborhood, we’ll welcome of us from everywhere in the world to fill each seat in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2026.”

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Atlanta sports activities council president Dan Corso has been pitching Atlanta to host for almost 5 years.

Corso touted Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s inns, conference area and transportation, that are all centrally positioned downtown for a large month lengthy fan-fest. To not point out a world airport for followers travelling from all over the world.

“We’re thrilled to carry the world’s largest sporting occasion to Atlanta,” Corso mentioned. “Combining the property of the state’s greatest public organizations and personal firms has been a recipe for fulfillment right here in Atlanta. We actually imagine our metropolis is the nation’s premier location to carry a serious sporting occasion and sit up for working with FIFA to create a exceptional expertise for all concerned.”

“That is an unbelievable alternative for the town of Atlanta to proceed to indicate the world what we now have to supply,” mentioned Arthur Clean. “Our stadium was constructed to host world-class occasions, and we’d be honored to proceed that custom in 2026 with the World Cup,” Clean continued. “I need to specific my honest gratitude to the Atlanta World Cup Bid Committee, particularly the Atlanta Sports activities Council, Atlanta Conference and Guests Bureau and our AMBSE management workforce, for his or her diligent work over the previous few years that has led us to right this moment’s announcement. There’s nonetheless extra work to be achieved, and I sit up for working with our private and non-private companions, FIFA and our local people to carry these spectacular international video games to Atlanta.”

Atlanta isn’t any stranger to internet hosting large-scale sporting occasions.

Along with internet hosting the historic 1996 Centennial Olympic Video games, the town has hosted three Tremendous Bowl video games, 4 NCAA Males’s Remaining 4 tournaments and the SEC Championship sport yearly since 1994.

Atlanta United’s success has proven that the town not solely loves soccer, however the crowds have smashed attendance data for the reason that workforce began.

The 2026 World Cup would be the first on U.S. soil for the reason that 1994 World Cup.

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