World Cup Could Be On The Way

The new Arrowhead Stadium will host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup if the United States is selected to host the world’s most watched sporting events.

“Our family is thrilled that Kansas City has been selected by the USA Bid Committee as one of the 18 host cities in the bid for the FIFA World Cup,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said.  “It was my father’s longtime dream to bring the world’s greatest sporting event to Arrowhead Stadium, and I have no doubt that Kansas City and the New Arrowhead will serve as tremendous stages for the FIFA World Cup.”

A study released previously by the USA Bid Committee indicates that the total economic impact projected for any one host city ranges from approximately $400 million to $600 million at today’s dollar value.  That figure is based on 12 host cities staging five to six matches, along with ancillary venues such as the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in one city and FIFA Fan Fest in each city.  The study also estimates 5,000 to 8,000 jobs would be created in each host city during the event’s operation.

“The fact that we are currently in 6th place among all bidding cities in the online petition effort shows that Kansas City is truly a soccer city,” Mayor Mark Funkhouser said.  “We are extremely excited to continue promoting our great community around the globe through the bidding process.  I pledge to do everything in my power to help bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States and to Kansas City.”

A final decision on the World Cup will be made in December.

This would be huge for Kansas City and the country as a whole.

Like a lot of NFL fans I’m not big on soccer (football?) but you can’t deny it’s popularity around the world or the kind of money it would bring to the local economy.  My only complaint is that the decision and event aren’t sooner because the quicker you can infuse that amount of cash into the economy the better.

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