FIFA to visit Levi’s Stadium as Bay Area offers to host 2026 World Cup matches – NBC Bay Area

FIFA officials will visit the Bay Area this weekend as part of the region’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The San Francisco 49ers will facilitate a tour of Levi’s Stadium on Friday and Saturday and will be joined by city mayors and local businesses to showcase the region.

San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf are expected to be in attendance along with companies like Airbnb, Google, Levi’s, Lyft, Peet’s Coffee, Salesforce and others.

The leaders will highlight the rich history of Bay Area football and “advocate for the Bay Area as the natural host to one of the world’s greatest sporting events,” a statement said.

If the Bay Area is chosen as the host, other sites will benefit as well. PayPal Park and San Jose State University can be used as a training facility and host hospitality events. With more than a quarter of a million people expected to attend the games, local hotels and restaurants will also fill up quickly.

“The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world,” said San Jose Earthquakes Executive Vice President Jed Mettee. “It brings people together from all walks of life and increases the number of people watching sports and can have a huge impact on the future of earthquakes.”

In 1994, the Bay Area hosted various FIFA World Cup matches and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final was held at Stanford University.

“The 49ers have been the proud stewards of the Bay Area for decades, and we’ve seen time and time again how one of the world’s most diverse regions gets excited about big sporting events. The excitement and community spirit unique to the Bay Area has been directed to football for generations, dating back to the FIFA World Cup games in 1994 and 1999 which were a huge success, “Al Guido , president of the 49ers and Bay Area 2026. Chairman of the Board, said.

“The South Bay has a rich history in hosting international football and has the world-class venues needed to get the job done in 2026,” Liccardo said. “We also have the infrastructure and the passion to capitalize on the economic boom that the event would bring to the region for the long-term development of football. I look forward to meeting FIFA officials this month. here and I hope to be present in the stands of Levi’s Stadium in 2026. “

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will take place in 16 cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Host cities will be announced in early 2022.

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