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Visit Seattle celebrates FIFA World Cup 2026 announcement

The confirmation that the city is one of 16 hosting the men's tournament in 2026 is sure to be a big boost in the city's growth as an international sports tourism hotspot. 

After confirmation that Seattle is joining the 16 host cities for the men's football World Cup in 2026, Visit Seattle has rejoiced in the big stride taken towards establishing the city as a key sports tourism destination. 

Tammy Blount-Canavan, president & CEO at Visit Seattle, said: “The announcement represents one of the most significant moments in Seattle’s proud history as we cement our spot as an all-time great international sports destination.”

“As we celebrate the prosperity and recognition these matches will bring to our region, we must also recognise the tremendous efforts by the SEA 2026 team, Seattle Sounders FC, the Seattle Sports Commission, the City of Seattle and of course, our Visit Seattle community, to make this possible. Our sales team and hotel partners are leading an extraordinary feat to secure over 10,000 hotel rooms on peak nights across the region – which ultimately had a pivotal role in our selection as one of the host cities.” 

The FIFA World Cup 2026 will invite 48 teams to the three host nations – two firsts for a FIFA World Cup tournament as it spans the North American continent. 

www.visitseattle.org


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