Washington, DC welcomes FIFA as candidate host city of World Cup 2026™

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, a delegation from FIFA will visit Washington, DC to evaluate potential venues for the FIFA World Cup 2026™. The visit will include a private press event (details below) for interested media featuring representatives from FIFA and the DC2026 team. This is a key step in selecting the best venues for the games with a view to finalizing this highly competitive selection process by Q1/Q2 2022.

Washington, DC, is bidding to host its fourth FIFA World CupGames, the most of any US bid city, and will look to make history through these games. Often referred to as America’s “soccer capital,” DC has hosted more US National team games than any other site in the world and has been the venue for countless international matches and career moments from some of the game’s biggest superstars. During the FIFA site visit next week, DC will unveil its vision for the 2026 FIFA FanFest, which will be located on the historic National Mall, and will be the largest FIFA FanFestin FIFA World Cuphistory. The FIFA FanFestwill break more records on July 4, 2026, when the US will celebrate its 250th birthday on the Mall in conjunction with the FIFA FanFest. City officials estimate there will be over 1 million attendees, making it the largest attended event in FIFA history.

The FIFA delegation will tour various sites around the city, where key events would be hosted, including FedExField and the National Mall. The tour will conclude with lunch and the round table media event at the International Spy Museum.


Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia Estaban Moctezuma, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Victor Montagliani, FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf President Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Tournaments & Events Officer Max Brown, DC2026 Advisory Board Co-Chair

Mark Ein, DC2026 Advisory Board Co-Chair Greg O’Dell, President and CEO of Events DC

Gina Adams, Senior Vice President, FEDEX Corporation Nicole Quiroga, President & CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Members of the DC2026 Advisory Board and Bid Team Other speakers and representatives forthcoming

WHEN: Sunday, September 19, 2021

12:00 pm

WHERE: International Spy Museum

700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024 Media entrance and check-in details available upon RSVP


Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, The Fields at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. Find us on social media Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC), and Instagram (@EventsDC).


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