We Want the Cup! FIFA Evaluators Visit KC This Week

“Football is Life!” 

Sure, it may be a quote from Danny Rojas, the Mexican footballer from Ted Lasso, but it’s true for millions of fans around the world. Kansas City soccer fans are excited to convince FIFA that Kansas City is the perfect place for the 2026 World Cup. 

FIFA Vice-President Victor Montagliani and Chief Tournaments and Events Officer Colin Smith are in town this week. They will meet with Mayor Quinton Lucas and KC2026 bid co-chairs Clark Hunt and Cliff Illig, among others, to explore the possibility of a Kansas City-hosted World Cup event. 

Kansas City is the first of eight cities in this leg of the evaluations. Site evaluators will be assessing the potential for FIFA Fan Festivals sites and available training facilities and stadiums. 

Of course, enthusiasm for the event is always helpful as well. Tomorrow at noon, a press conference will take place at KC Live! in the Power and Light District. The KC2026 committee is encouraging fans to show their support and is providing posters for display in business and residential windows around the city. Prefer to show your support digitally? Download the ‘We Want The Cup” graphic and add it to your social media accounts. 

Fans can pick up 18×24 inch posters at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce offices on the third floor of Union Station all week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week. Or visit kc2026.com to download printable signs or social media graphics.

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