BALTIMORE — Baltimore has been named a finalist to host the World Cup in 2026 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Longtime Orioles player and National Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr., tweeted his excitement of Baltimore City becoming a finalist to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
I'm excited to know my hometown of #Baltimore is a finalist in the pursuit of the 2026 @FIFAWorldCup with the @Ravens M&T Bank Stadium as the location! Are you in? Please give @BaltimoreMD2026 a follow and show your support today! pic.twitter.com/QF4k0Ah3qQ— Cal Ripken, Jr. (@CalRipkenJr) May 13, 2020
Councilwoman Shannon Sneed also shared her enthusiasm in the following statement:
"I am so excited to hear that Baltimore has been selected as a finalist to be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Baltimore is an exceptional city and M&T Bank Stadium is an exceptional venue. We have so many great neighborhoods, eateries, parks and museums. One of the most exceptional parts of Baltimore is how much we love our city. Being named a host city would give us the opportunity to show off everything we love about Baltimore to the entire world!"
Back in 2018, the United States, Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to play host to the 2026 World Cup.
The World Cup will take place in a total of 16 cities, and 23 are under consideration, including Baltimore.