Seattle can expect some tough questions in its bid to be one of 10 U.S. cities to host men's World Cup soccer games in 2026.
Is it close enough for easy travel to other host cities?
Can the city's infrastructure handle a global crowd?
Are there enough hotel rooms?
Would the turf at CenturyLink Field be good enough?
But beyond those, there’s another question: Can Seattle and King County afford the World Cup?
FIFA, soccer’s governing body, gave the 2026 men's tournament to a three-nation group: the U.S., Canada and Mexico. (This year’s tourney starts Thursday in Russia, without .)
Civic and sports leaders appeared at a news conference in Pioneer Square Wednesday to boost Seattle’s bid. They all said they're ready on all counts.
“Let's bring FIFA and the World Cup to Seattle,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said.
King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered a politically tinged message.
“At a time when some parts of the nation and of Europe are seeking to become more insular, Seattle and King County are looking outward, are looking to the world,” he said. “And we want the world to come here, to visit us here, in 2026.”
About 16 U.S.cities are said to be in the running, from Los Angeles to Boston. Ten of those will join cities in Canada and Mexico in hosting games.
FIFA is expected to make its decision in the next couple of years.