Pitching for World Cup in the Bay Area

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Bay Area elected leaders and business leaders are joining forces to bring the World Cup to Levi’s Stadium in 2026. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed will welcome officials of international soccer governing association FIFA as they tour the region today and tomorrow as part of their decision-making process. The Bay Area Council proudly supports the region’s efforts, led by member company the San Francisco 49ers, to attract one of the world’s largest sporting events. Other Council member companies participating include Google, Salesforce, Visa and Lyft.

The Bay Area is competing with 11 other U.S. cities to serve as a World Cup host. The U.S., Mexico and Canada are jointly hosting the 2026 competition. “There’s no doubt in my mind the 2026 FIFA World Cup would inspire an even bigger response, and we’re honored to be leading the Bay Area’s bid to host this exciting, crowd-drawing event,” 49ers President Al Guido, who is the Bay Area host committee’s board president, said in a statement reported by the San Francisco Business Times.

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