While the real party will begin four years from now when Kansas City takes center stage among the world’s sports fans, Thursday was a day to celebrate.
FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, announced Thursday that Kansas City would be one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Sports teams, politicians, former athletes and others reveled in the news as they posted messages on Twitter.
Here is a sample of what was said.
The Royals shared this:
Mayor Quinton Lucas was fired up:
Kansas City, you are a World Cup City!
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) June 16, 2022
Former Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara tweeted this:
Former Sporting defensive star Jimmy Conrad had campaigned for KC in the past.
The Kansas City Current shared a fun meme:
Sporting Kansas City tweeted this:
Kansas City changed its Twitter profile picture:
The city of Overland Park was excited:
Here is what the Chiefs tweeted:
Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons called Kansas City a winner:
Sporting KC co-owner Robb Heinemann tweeted this:
Congratulations Kansas City … This is so far from mini ponnies as ticket bait at Arrowhead in 2007. Thank you for being so amazing. We can’t wait to partner w all of u to make our city the greatest world cup city ever. You are so strong. #kcworldcup2026
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) June 16, 2022
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