Cincinnati Making a Pitch to Be a Host for Soccer's World Cup


It could have an economic impact of more than 100 million dollars on the Tristate area.

Cincinnati leaders are pitching FIFA today on making the Queen City a host city for Soccer's World Cup in 2026. North America is hosting the games and Cincinnati is one of 23 finalists to be among the 16 cities selected.

If FIFA organizers like what they hear on the zoom call, they will be back in July for an in person visit. The soccer matches would be played at Paul Brown Stadium and organizers are pointing to use of the Cincinnati Bell Connector as a convenient way to get the people visiting from around the world to the matches.

The biggest obstacle the city faces in hosting the games is the lack of a major convention hotel downtown. The Millenium Hotel is in the process of being torn down and there are no plans at this point to replace the 872 hotel rooms downtown that are being lost.

For more information about Cincinnati's bid, click here.


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