Report: Chicago out as 2026 World Cup host candidate

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Chicago won't be among the U.S cities in the United 2026 bid for the 2026 World Cup that will be announced on Thursday.

Chicago was one of 32 markets in the USA, Canada and Mexico the United 2026 committee was looking at. It must submit is bid to FIFA by Friday.

“FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk,” the Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said in a statement Wednesday. “The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with FIFA’s inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn’t in Chicago’s best interests.”

Chicago's Soldier Field -- since renovated -- hosted the opening game at the 1994 World Cup. During Richard M. Daley's tenure as mayor, Chicago was also not a part of the unsuccessful bid the USA submitted in 2010 for the 2022 World Cup.

On Wednesday, Vancouver also pulled out after the British Columbia provincial government couldn't reach an agreement on the terms of the bid required by FIFA.

1 comment about "Report: Chicago out as 2026 World Cup host candidate".
  1. Goal Goal, March 15, 2018 at 10:49 a.m.

    With Rahm's background he would rather see a Grand Ballet than a soccer match.  You go twinkle toes.

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