SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The Utah Sports Commission announced Wednesday Salt Lake City is officially vying to be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Salt Lake City joins 32 cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that were selected and will be included in the formal bid that the United Bid Committee will submit to FIFA in March of 2018.
"The Utah Sports Commission is thrilled Salt Lake City is being considered as a host site by the United Bid Committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup." said Jeff Robbins, President and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, "This opportunity aligns with our sport and legacy efforts and is another example of TEAM UTAH coming together to bid on one of the largest sporting events in the World."
The Official Host City selection process takes into account various factors such as city profile, stadium and support facilities (training sites, hotels) and services (e.g., transportation). Each of the 32 potential host cities features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure, meeting or exceeding the requirements outlined by FIFA.
Other candidate host cities are:
Edmonton, Alberta Montreal, Quebec Toronto, Ontario Vancouver, British Columbia
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico City, Mexico, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Atlanta, Georgia Baltimore, Maryland Boston, Massachusetts Charlotte, North Carolina Cincinnati, Ohio Dallas, Texas Denver, Colorado Detroit, Michigan Houston, Texas Kansas City, Missouri Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California Miami, Florida Minneapolis Minnesota Nashville, Tennessee New York, New York Orlando, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Phoenix, Arizona Salt Lake City, Utah San Francisco, California Seattle, Washington Tampa, Florida