Kansas City selected as host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Safe to say, Thursday was an exciting day for Kansas City sports fans.

FIFA announced Kansas City as one of 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Kansas City was one of 11 U.S. cities selected, along with three cities in Mexico and two in Canada. Arrowhead Stadium will serve as KC’s venue for the games.

Check out the reaction from fans and leaders around KC and Missouri:

It’s hard to characterize how big of a deal this is for the city. While soccer may not currently be the No. 1 sport in America, the World Cup is the No. 1 single sporting event in the world, and the impact of hosting some of its games shouldn’t be understated. Kansas City also checks in as the city with the smallest metro area out of all 16 host sites, and beat out larger markets such as Baltimore, Washington D.C., Denver and Cincinnati. That’s a testament to the value that Kansas City puts on its sports culture, and particularly its soccer culture.

Who’s ready for 2026?!