World Cup Coming to Kansas City!

The World Cup is coming to Kansas City!

Kansas City was named one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which was announced Thursday afternoon. Kansas City joins the following host cities for the 2026 World Cup:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Dallas
  • Guadalajara
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Los Angeles
  • New York / New Jersey
  • Mexico City
  • Miami
  • Monterrey
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

“This is a big day for Kansas City and soccer fans in the Midwest,” stated Sports Radio 810’s Nate Bukaty, who also serves as the play-by-play announcer for Sporting Kansas City. “This will be the biggest event held in Kansas City sports history, and shows how great our city is to the world.”

It’s estimated to be anywhere from $160 million to $620 million in revenue generated for a host city. Kansas City can expect to host five to seven matches in the 2026 World Cup.

“The success of Kansas City’s bid is a testament to the accomplishments we can achieve when we work together,” said Sporting Kansas City Principal Owner Cliff Illig. “Today’s announcement is the celebration of a shared vision that will culminate with the largest event in Kansas City history. The World Cup will bring unprecedented tourism and economic activity to our community and will provide an opportunity to showcase our city on a global stage. We are excited for Kansas City to proudly welcome the world for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

Arrowhead Stadium will be the host site for the matches, as it holds 75,000+ fans. An additional 20-30,000 fans will circulate the area to be around the World Cup action. The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994.

Among the videos on FS1’s coverage was Patrick Mahomes serving as the celebrity announcing the selection for Kansas City. Meanwhile, fans gathered at the Power and Light District to watch the announcement.

FS1 showed live coverage from the Power and Light District as fans celebrated the announcement of Kansas City as a host city.