2026 World Cup Cities to be Announced on June 16th

| May 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Baltimore will find out on June 16th if M&T Bank Stadium is selected for the 2026 FIFA World Cup hosted by North America. The selections will be live-streamed by FIFA. A total of 16 American cities remain in contention to host matches and 10 will be selected. The event will also have matches played in Canada and Mexico.

Baltimore recently joined forces with Washington, D.C. on a joint bid that has matches slated to be played in South Baltimore.

The event will feature teams from 48 countries. There will be 60 matches played in the United States.

Baltimore could potentially host Group Stage or Knockout Stage matches.

The North American cities that remain in contention are Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C./Baltimore.

The Ravens recently completed a $120-million upgrade to M&T Bank Stadium with more improvements under consideration following new legislation that allows the stadium to have $600 million in bond debt.

The Baltimore Maryland 2026 bid touted investment around the stadium, including at Warner Street District, Stadium Crossing, and Stadium Square, to strengthen its bid.

Baltimore hosted FIFA officials on September 19th during the Chiefs vs. Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens came back to win in exciting fashion.

“I think we presented the declaration that we are a can-do city. We are authentic and our stadium comes alive for big events,” Maryland Sports Commission Terry Hasseltine told SouthBMore.com following the game. Maryland Sports Commission has been leading Baltimore’s World Cup campaign.

In the joint bid, Washington, D.C. would host the flagship Fan Fest, but Baltimore would still have its own Fan Fest.

Baltimore Maryland 2026 proposed sites such as South Point in Port Covington, Federal Hill Park, the Inner Harbor promenade, Fort McHenry, and Harbor Point for the official World Cup fan fest.

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