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BREAKING NEWS: San Francisco Bay Area, Levi’s® Stadium selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.- FIFA today announced the selection of the San Francisco Bay Area as the official host community for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to be played in Canada, Mexico and the United States. In a live, globally televised announcement from New York City, the Bay Area was listed among the communities that will host games during the first 48-team field in tournament history. With a record 80 games, the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is expected to have an economic impact of millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of fans traveling to the Bay Area and thousands of full-time jobs.

The announcement confirms Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as the only venue in the region to host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which is set to break previous attendance records for the event, with more than 2 million tickets expected. for sale. The record for the most attended FIFA World Cup™ in history still dates back to 1994, when the United States and the Bay Area hosted the event for the first time. Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto was the region’s first FIFA World Cup™ venue and Levi’s Stadium will now become the second. Since opening in 2014, Levi’s Stadium has established itself as a popular home for world-class soccer displays, including the 2016 Copa América Centenario, the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup and multiple International Champions Cups.

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“From 2017, when we first revealed our participation in United Bid, to 2021, when we hosted FIFA and showed their delegation our beautiful region, the Bay Area 2026 Bid team has been confident that this day would come,” he shared. Al Guido, 49ers President and Bay Area Host Committee Board Chairman. “Over the past eight years, innovative technology, sustainability and fan-focused design elements have established Levi’s Stadium among the top sports and entertainment venues in the country. This venue was made to host events like the FIFA World Cup™, an event that will generate constant economic activity for our region for the next four years and beyond.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the world’s largest sporting event to our passionate and diverse Bay Area community. While we will celebrate today, tomorrow marks the beginning of a long and rewarding road to our first FIFA World Cup match in 2026,” he said. Patricia Ernstrom, Executive Director of the Bay Area Host Committee. “We have enjoyed the process of partnering with FIFA over the years to get to this point and look forward to continuing our relationship as we prepare to put a unique stamp on the Bay Area at the biggest FIFA World Cup in history. ”.

Today’s announcement of the FIFA World Cup™ follows decades of enthusiasm for the sport of soccer in the Bay Area, including unprecedented youth participation and a passionate fan base for the San Jose Earthquakes, the team top-tier local professional. Levi’s Stadium has also hosted top international clubs including FC Barcelona, ​​AC Milan and Chivas.

“Hosting FIFA World Cup games in the Bay Area will not only attract visitors from around the world to experience all that our region has to offer, it will reinvigorate the San Jose Earthquakes’ ongoing efforts to grow the global game in our diverse communities,” said Jared Shawlee, President of the San Jose Earthquakes. “We are truly excited to be able to embody the spirit and mission of the FIFA World Cup and create a lasting community legacy through the sport of soccer in the Bay Area.”

Winning the opportunity to host FIFA World Cup™ matches in 2026 is the culmination of a significant bidding process that culminated in a resolution unanimously passed by the Santa Clara City Council to support the bid. The games are anticipated to be an economic boon to the region, generating a million-dollar economic impact on hotels, restaurants and other businesses, and creating thousands of jobs throughout the Bay Area.

“Hosting an event like the FIFA World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and all Santa Clarans who love soccer,” he said. Karen Hardy, Santa Clara City Councilwoman who presented the resolution of the City to support the candidacy. “This will bring a jolt of excitement to our community, but it will also be a significant economic boost for businesses that are coming out of two years of COVID right now and need it more than ever. We are committed to ensuring that the 2026 FIFA World Cup here is remembered for decades to come with the sense of pride and achievement it deserves.”

Exemplifying the welcoming and collaborative qualities of the Bay Area, the 2026 Bay Area Host Committee has been supported by a wide range of local business and political leaders since 2018. Statements from some of them can be found below:

“The Bay Area and Los Angeles are home to state-of-the-art sports facilities, world-class restaurants and hotels, and some of the largest companies in the world, but what really makes them special is their people. Both the Bay and Los Angeles have incredibly diverse communities that thrive on accepting people and ideas from around the world and have been growing centers of soccer for generations,” he said. Governor Gavin Newsom. “California is a beacon of hope for immigrants around the world and we are excited to show the world our global community right here in our own backyard as hosts of the World Cup in four years.”

“I am delighted that the Bay Area has been chosen to host the 2026 World Cup and that we will have the opportunity to showcase our region,” he said. California State Assembly Member Evan Low. “I have always been proud of the diversity in our community, so to have fans and teams traveling here from all over the world is an appropriate and well-deserved celebration of all cultures in the Bay Area. It will be a huge economic boost for the region and the excitement of the games will inspire a whole new generation of footballers.”

Specific details regarding match dates, times, teams and rounds will be announced in the build-up to the event. Fans and those who want to get involved in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in the Bay Area can visit BayArea2026.com.

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