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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2018
Media Contact:
Manuel Orbis, Jr.,
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Miami-Dade County takes a major step towards hosting World Cup soccer matches in 2026

Today County Commissioners gave unanimous approval to a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa supporting Miami-Dade County’s bid to become a World Cup 2026 host site.

The United States has partnered with Canada and Mexico to form the United Bid Committee (UBC) for the purpose of submitting a bid to the Fédération Internationale de Fútbol Association (FIFA) for the opportunity to host the 2026 soccer World Cup throughout the three countries. As part of the process, the UBC has selected Miami-Dade County as a potential host site for World Cup matches, facilities and competition-related events. The bid being presented by Miami-Dade includes an agreement identifying Miami International Airport as the facility selected to welcome the estimated influx of over 400,000 people including players, coaches, executives, officials, and fans anticipated to visit the County for the World Cup festivities and matches.

“Our County is a top tourist destination where people come from all over the world to enjoy our culture and have a great time,” said Commissioner Sosa. “Hosting World Cup matches here, in the Gateway to the Americas, is a perfect fit. We have world class facilities like the Hard Rock Stadium and Miami International Airport and the very best hospitality professionals in the country ready to welcome soccer fans from across the globe. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am honored to do my part in helping to bring the world’s largest event to our community.”