Study catapult Houston 2026 position


Houston 2026 bid boosted Image: Houston 2026 Bid Committee

The Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee got a shot in the arm recently following the City (Houston, US) getting recognized among the top 10 ‘Americas Cities of the Future’ in a new study by the fDi Intelligence Division of the ‘Financial Times’.

The ‘Houston 2026 Bid Committee’ stated that the study, which compares Cities that have the best prospects for inward investment, economic development and business expansion, ranked Houston third for business friendliness and fourth for connectivity among all major cities in the Americas. The ranking comes on the back of a 10,000-square-foot ‘Gateway to the World’ mural revealed at the William P. Hobby Airport (Houston) in support of the City’s bid to host the World Cup.

United 2026 (also known as the North American 2026 bid) is a successful joint bid led by the United States Soccer Federation, together with the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation, to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee is leading the South Texas region’s efforts to host the FIFA World Cup 2026™. It is a subsidiary of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority. The FIFA World Cup 2026™ will be played in 16 Cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Houston is among 17 Cities vying to become a US Host City. A final decision is expected in late 2021.

William P. Hobby Airport is an international airport in Houston, Texas, US, 7 miles from downtown Houston. Hobby is Houston’s oldest commercial airport and was its primary airport until Houston Intercontinental Airport, now George Bush Intercontinental Airport, opened in 1969.

The ‘Houston 2026 Bid Committee’ further stated that Houston is one of 17 US Cities currently bidding to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, with a decision expected later this year. Houston 2026 is at the forefront of the US bid landscape, not only as the most operationally ready and experienced host venue but also the most legacy-driven and future-focused bid.

Remarked Chris Canetti, President, Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee, “It is great to see that Houston has once again been named a top City of the future by the ‘Financial Times’. The results underline the strength of Houston as a global leader in innovation, and support the City’s plan to redefine the player and fan experience and deliver a World Cup of the future, in America’s City of the Future.”

Houston was also named the most diverse City in America in a recent study. Houston 2026 has embraced the City’s diversity, innovation and passion for soccer as it continues toward earning the right to host the most prestigious and popular sporting event in the world – the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

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