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Baltimore part of the bid for the 2026 World Cup

Posted at 8:48 AM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 08:56:28-04

Baltimore is in the running to be one of 23 cities in North America to host the world cup in 2026.

The bids to FIFA are due on Friday and the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are coming together to increase their chances of being chosen.

FIFA won't make a decision until this June, but the chances of North America being picked look pretty good. The New York Times says the only other country submitting a bid is Morocco. 

Three cities in Mexico, three cities in Canada, and 17 cities in the U.S. are all part of the United Bid which includes Baltimore and D.C.

If FIFA does choose North America it doesn't mean Baltimore is guaranteed a spot in the final list of cities. The New York Times says FIFA will spend the next two years narrowing down the list from 23 to 16.

The United Bid projects if North America is chosen almost six million tickets will be sold to the games, and the World Cup would generate more than two billion dollars in revenue.