Kansas City’s day to present itself to FIFA officials arrived Thursday, with meetings, tours and, in true Kansas City spirit, a barbecue lunch.
So how did we do? We’ll know in early 2022. That’s when FIFA will announce the 11 winning U.S. cities among the 17 currently bidding to host World Cup games across North America in 2026.
On today’s episode of The Star’s daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, you’ll hear from FIFA officials Victor Montagliana and Colin Smith, as well as Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt and Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig.
You’ll also hear from Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian, who attended a Thursday afternoon news conference in the Power & Light District. They share their impressions of Kansas City as a World Cup site.