Members of Dallas Sports activities Fee, FC Dallas and Dallas Cowboys meet with FIFA in bid to showcase Dallas on worldwide stage
FRISCO, TX (July 23, 2020) – The Dallas Sports activities Fee, FC Dallas and the Dallas Cowboys right now introduced the standing of Dallas’ potential position in internet hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup™ matches. The Dallas 2026 Host Committee met nearly with FIFA representatives in Zurich this morning, a key step in bringing probably the most electrifying sporting occasion on the planet to Dallas.
FC Dallas President and Dallas 2026 Host Committee Chairman Dan Hunt, Dallas Cowboys Proprietor and Basic Supervisor Jerry Jones, Dallas Sports activities Fee Government Director Monica Paul, Dallas Cowboys Government Vice President of Enterprise Operations Chad Estis, AT&T Stadium Basic Supervisor Tod Martin, AT&T Stadium Director of Occasion Reserving Delanie Foley, FC Dallas Chief Working Officer/Chief Monetary Officer Jimmy Smith, FC Dallas Vice President of Media and Communications Gina Miller, Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments Michael Morris and Honest Park/Spectra Basic Supervisor Peter Sullivan met with FIFA representatives Thursday morning. Estis, Hunt and Paul recapped the outcomes with media Thursday afternoon.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ would be the largest so far with 80 matches (60 in USA, 10 in Canada, 10 in Mexico), that includes 48 nationwide groups. That is the primary time FIFA has met one-on-one with all candidate host cities. Dallas is certainly one of 17 potential U.S. host cities, together with Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Kansas Metropolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Space, Seattle and Washington, DC. The one-on-one periods comply with an earlier collection of three workshops FIFA held with the North American host associations (Canada, Mexico and USA). FIFA will go to every of the 17 cities earlier than making a remaining choice someday subsequent 12 months.
“Soccer might be probably the most highly effective sport in your complete world, and I say that as a result of it really is the worldwide recreation,” mentioned Dan Hunt, President of FC Dallas and Chairman of the Dallas 2026 Host Committee. “We hope to create a soccer expertise for a brand new period by uniting our various area, connecting followers from all cultures by way of the attractive recreation and serving our communities for many years to return by breaking down limitations in a manner that solely sports activities can transcend.”
“After I was fascinated about constructing AT&T Stadium, I knew we needed an amazing place for 100,000 folks to have a singular expertise. We’re able to do what we will to make this World Cup probably the most particular of all of them,” mentioned Dallas Cowboys Proprietor and Basic Supervisor Jerry Jones. “I used to be a detailed, private pal of Lamar Hunt. I’m conscious of his imaginative and prescient for soccer within the U.S. and I’m proud to be a companion along with his household on this bid to host the World Cup.”
In 1994, Cotton Bowl at Honest Park hosted six FIFA World Cup™ matches, together with a legendary quarterfinal match between Holland and Brazil. Honest Park additionally served because the Worldwide Broadcast Middle. The 1994 competitors is probably the most profitable competitors so far when it comes to fan attendance (3,587,538 million) with a mean match attendance of 68,991.
“Going again to 1994, what we need to see popping out of the World Cup in 2026 is that soccer continues to develop right here,” mentioned Monica Paul, Government Director, Dallas Sports activities Fee. “This actually is a once-in-a-generation alternative to create a long-lasting and optimistic legacy for North Texas by way of the world’s hottest sport- soccer. Sports activities in Dallas are woven into the material of our tradition. By internet hosting the World Cup, we now have a possibility to showcase North Texas to a global viewers and generate an enormous financial engine for our area.”
Consultants forecast an estimated 3,000 new jobs can be created and that the native economic system will obtain an estimated $400-million financial increase by internet hosting World Cup matches. Leaders from Dallas and different North Texas cities, AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Sports activities Fee, DFW Airport, Love Subject and different metropolis, regional, state and nationwide entities have already been collaborating to permit for a protected and seamless execution of a profitable World Cup 2026. Cities chosen can be notified in late 2021.