Minneapolis to Make Play for FIFA 2026 World Cup

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August 15, 2017 04:55 PM

The sports arm of Minneapolis' convention and visitors association says it plans to declare interest in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Sports Minneapolis says Minneapolis was one of 44 cities and 49 stadiums the United Bid Committee of Canada, the United States and Mexico included in its request for information on hosting the World Cup. The preliminary list was is due Sept. 5.

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The bid committee will then issue a shortlist of cities by late September, according to a release by Sports Minneapolis, the sports arm of Meet Minneapolis. Final bids would be due in January, and in March the bid committee will present 20 to 25 venues for consideration. 

In its request, the bid committee seeks information about transportation infrastructure, past experience hosting professional sporting and cultural events, accommodations and environmental protection initiatives, among other items, according to the release. 

In addition to the United Bid Committee, Morocco has also declared its intention to bid on the 2026 World Cup. FIFA will choose among the two, according to the release.

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