MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Sports Minneapolis, Powered by Meet Minneapolis, announces its intentions to respond to the Request for Information (RFI) by the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States to declare interest to serve as a host city for the 2026 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World CupTM.
“Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium already have a reputation for securing major sporting events with the upcoming Super Bowl LII, the 2017 & 2018 X Games and NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019,” said Melvin Tennant, President & CEO, Meet Minneapolis and Executive Director, Sports Minneapolis. The Bid Committee is asking cities to provide information about transportation infrastructure, past experience hosting major sporting and cultural events, available accommodations, environmental protection initiatives, potential venues and more in this first stage of the process.
“U.S. Bank Stadium is a world-class facility, and we are excited to be among the venues chosen to bid on the World Cup in 2026,” said Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michael Vekich. “U.S. Bank Stadium is excited to partner with Sports Minneapolis on the bid process to become a potential host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Patrick Talty, SMG General Manager at U.S. Bank Stadium.