Behind Atlanta United’s success and document attendance numbers, Atlanta has grown into one of many hottest soccer cities on this planet.
On Thursday, its success paid off in an enormous manner. FIFA introduced that Atlanta will likely be considered one of 16 cities to host the 2026 World Cup.
The total schedule will likely 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 remaining will likely 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 have now the pleasure of celebrating Atlanta’s choice as a bunch metropolis of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, due to our sturdy, bipartisan public-private partnerships and lots 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 influence on so many hardworking Georgians. Resorts will fill with visitors from world wide; eating places will present guests a style of the South they won’t quickly overlook; points of interest throughout Georgia will welcome these looking 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 will likely be watching as we meet this second, and we’re happy with all of the entities who labored so onerous to get us so far.”
“Atlanta is a soccer city, and we’re excited to deliver the sport’s finest athletes to the world’s finest 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 are going to welcome people from everywhere in the world to fill each seat in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2026.”
Atlanta sports activities council president Dan Corso has been pitching Atlanta to host for almost 5 years.
Corso touted Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s resorts, conference area and transportation, that are all centrally positioned downtown for an enormous month lengthy fan-fest. To not point out a world airport for followers travelling from world wide.
“We’re thrilled to deliver the world’s largest sporting occasion to Atlanta,” Corso mentioned. “Combining the property of the state’s finest public organizations and personal corporations 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 outstanding expertise for all concerned.”
“That is an unbelievable alternative for the town of Atlanta to proceed to point out the world what now we have to supply,” mentioned Arthur Clean. “Our stadium was constructed to host world-class occasions, and we might be honored to proceed that custom in 2026 with the World Cup,” Clean continued. “I wish to categorical 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 staff, for his or her diligent work over the previous few years that has led us to in the present day’s announcement. There’s nonetheless extra work to be executed, and I sit up for working with our private and non-private companions, FIFA and our local people to deliver these spectacular international video games to Atlanta.”
Atlanta is not 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 Ultimate 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 information because the staff began.
The 2026 World Cup would be the first on U.S. soil because the 1994 World Cup.
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