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Kansas City will host the 2026 World Cup

Kansas City has made an aggressive bid to become one of the US host cities for a huge international tournament hosted by FIFA. Arrowhead will host the games and this will give a huge financial boost.

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It is a challenge to bring to the fore the list of major sporting events related to Thursday’s announcement of Kansas City’s selection as the 2026 Men’s FIFA World Cup site.

Depending on the size of the World Cup and the games that will attract spectators, it will be the biggest competition in the history of the city, sports or otherwise.

We’ve had major athletic competitions, such as four straight AFC Championship games – and counting – four world series, 11 men’s and women’s NCAA finals, the US Gymnastics and Figure Skating Championships, and more.

Also big national events like the conventions of the three political parties in 1976.

But what happened on Thursday was a big announcement. We also have the decisions of leagues or organizations that changed the course of our sports history. She is also eligible for the list.

Let’s start with the biggest games and we’ll do it with the game:

The biggest game in Kansas City


The Chiefs played their first Super Bowl in 50 years, defeating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC Championship Game on 19 January 2020. The game is remembered for its run in the last zone of Patrick Mahoms. The first half. The second of four consecutive AFC Championship matches played at Arrowhead Stadium paved the way for the Super Bowl victory.


It’s hard to win World Series Game 7 at home. The Royals did so on 27 October 1985, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0 at Kaufman Stadium. A favorable call in the ninth inning of Game 6 (first safe, right Don Denkinger?) Kept the Royals’ hopes alive. The Royals won five playoff series or wild card games at home in 2014 and 2015, but 1985 was the only game 7 championship victory for home fans.

College football

When they signed an agreement to move the Border War game to Arrowhead Stadium, officials in Missouri and Kansas had no idea the first game in a six-year deal would be for No. 1. But on November 24, 2007, after losing the previous day to the country’s top-ranked team, No. 3 Mizo defeated second-ranked Jehox 36-28 in front of the second-largest (80,537) and largest TV audience in the history of the stadium. Regular season.

College basketball

Kansas played for the men’s NCAA Championship in Kansas City in 1953 and 1957, losing a one-point heartbreaker both times. But on April 4, 1988, at the Kemper Arena, Danny Manning’s Underdog Jehoaks ran in the first half with the Oklahoma Sooners’ High Octane. The game remained 50-50 till half time. KU then won the tactical battle in the second half, winning 83-79.


Call it a draw.

Sporting Kansas City delivered the association’s second MLS Cup on December 7, 2013 with a side-of-the-seat shootout victory over Real Salt Lake. Aurelian Colin scored in the 76th minute to end the match. Jimmy Nielsen, the goalkeeper of the eight rounds of penalties, won the title with a penalty-kick stop.

On 25 July 2010, the Kansas City Wizards beat Premier League power Manchester United 2-1 in an exhibition game. The result pleased local followers but there was a more significant number presence in the box score: 52,342 at Arrowhead. The next day, season-ticket requests increased and soccer became more firmly embedded in Kansas City.

Decisions shaping Kansas City sports history

1920: The Negro League is formed in Kansas City

At a meeting at the Paseo YMCA, Rub Foster, owner of the Chicago American Giants, and other owners of the Midwestern team formed the Negro National League. Some of the best players in the world worked hard in the shadow of the major leagues and Kansas City became one of the most successful franchises and brands in the Monarchs League. This history is celebrated at the Negro League Baseball Museum across the street from Paseo YMCA.

1950: NCAA grows in the heartland

After sharing the Chicago office with the Big Ten, the NCAA decided to create an image of minimal impartiality. The then executive director, Walter Byers, moved the headquarters to Kansas City. Before moving to Indianapolis in 1999, Kansas City was the final four men’s and women’s fours and more NCAA tournament games than any other city. Growing up in a basketball stadium from a game played in the gym while at NCAA.

1955: Kansas City becomes a major league

Real estate magnet Arnold Johnson bought Philadelphia Athletics in 1954 and moved it to Kansas City. On April 12, 1955, Kansas City A made its debut at Municipal Stadium and Casey became one of the 13 major-league cities. The team moved to Auckland after the 1967 season, but baseball assured Kansas City that they would not be without the game for long, granting the Royals an extended suffrage for 1969.

1963: Pro Football migrated to KC

After running the original AFL franchise in his hometown of Dallas for three years, Lamar Hunt found a welcome weapon in Kansas City. For the 1963 season, the team changed its name to Chief and won the Super Bowl at the end of the decade, planning a new stadium complex that would include the expanded Royals.

2022: The world will come to Kansas City

You must have made a good impression. FIFA officials who visited Kansas City on a site tour in October 2021 toured the facilities, listened to the pitches and ate barbecue. In a region with a small population (the second-smallest metropolitan area in Bidar) but with a soccer culture and a large region at heart, it was influential enough to provide games.

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Blair Kerkhoff has played for the Kansas City Star since 1989.