Kansas City continues bid to host FIFA World Cup

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Posted at 5:29 AM, Oct 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-14 11:27:24-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Kansas City's bid to host the World Cup continues.

The KC Streetcar is getting a new look as part of the effort, and it was unveiled during a media availability at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The streetcar is wrapped in a World Cup theme in hopes of helping show Kansas City is the perfect place for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The city is one of 17 bidding to host matches for the largest single-sport event in the world.

"Not only are we going to be the greatest hosts to the World Cup, but I think we're going to get it," Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas said.

FIFA representatives will visit Kansas City on Oct. 21 to see what the city has to offer and tour potential venues.

World Cup bid director, Katherine Fox said it is one of the final steps in the bid process.

"The delegation is excited and eager to indulge in our Kansas City barbecue," Fox added.

Joe's KC will provide lunch to the delegation, and the visitors will be invited to attend the U.S. Women's National Team match that is taking place in Kansas City that night.

Lucas encouraged business owners to be ready for visits from the delegation and "show what we already know about Kansas City."

Anyone who wants to get in on the campaign to host, can use available social media graphics and posters.

Posters can be picked up at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in Suite 301 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning Monday. It is located on the third floor of Union Station.

Social media graphics can be downloaded online. They include Instagram posts and Facebook and Twitter headers to let fans show "We want the World Cup."