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Baltimore is still in the running to host the 2026 World Cup Games

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Baltimore -- with its M&T Bank Stadium and many potential team training and spectator gathering sites -- is one of 16 North American cities selected as finalists to host FIFA's 2026 World Cup football (soccer) matches (credit: Creative Commons)

In 2026, the United States, Canada and Mexico will share the stage of the largest World Cup Soccer Tournament in history. It’s expected that 16 different North American venues will host matches between an expanded roster of teams from around the globe. Eleven of those venues will be in the United States. And, maybe, one of them will be right here in Baltimore.

Baltimore, Maryland is making a bid to be one of the hosts of this global party. Today, we'll talk about what putting our best foot forward looks like.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joins us. Along with Baltimore Mayor, Brandon Scott, he co-chairs the committee that is working to bring the World Cup to Baltimore.
Lt. Gov Rutherford joins us on Zoom from Annapolis…

Terry Hasseltine is the Executive Director of Maryland Sports (the state's sports commission), and the Vice President of the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Mr. Hasseltine joins us on Zoom as well…

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Maryland's Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (left); Maryland Sports' Executive Director Terry Hasseltine.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Malarie is Midday's Supervisory Producer.
Rob is Midday's senior producer.