17 Apr Atlanta hosts World Cup site evaluation committee – Atlanta Business Chronicle
Representatives of the organization in charge of international soccer’s premier event were in Atlanta during the weekend to take a first-hand look at the city’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Members of FIFA’s Bid Evaluation Task Force toured Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia World Congress Center and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta, Ga., a facility built for Atlanta United.
"We tried to give them a sense of how soccer has taken off here in the city of Atlanta and what that could mean for this region, America, Canada and Mexico, if we can get the World Cup in 2026," Atlanta United President Darren Eales said.
Atlanta and 22 other cities are participating in a combined North American bid to host the World Cup in eight years. The weekend visit to Atlanta was the evaluation committee’s second stop on a tour that will include Toronto and the New York/New Jersey metro region.
FIFA is expected to announce the winner of the 2026 bid this summer.