The USA Bid Committee Inc announced today that Arrowhead Stadium is one of 32 venues in 27 cities on a short list in the United States' bid to host matches in the World Cup soccer tournament in either 2018 or 2022.
The USA Bid Committee will submit its bid to world soccer's governing body, FIFA, in May 2010. FIFA will select host countries for the 2018 and 2022 events in December of 2010.
The Kansas City/USA Host City Bid Committee is co-chaired by Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and Cerner Corporation Chairman and CEO and Kansas City Wizards co-owner Neal Patterson. Hunt is also an owner of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew and FC Dallas. Arrowhead Stadium made a bid for the 1994 World Cup when it last was played in the United States but was not selected.
"Bringing the FIFA World Cup -- the greatest international sporting event in the world -- to Kansas City was a dream of my father's throughout his career," Hunt said. "The new Arrowhead Stadium and Kansas City would be magnificent hosts for the event, and we are very excited to be on the short list." Arrowhead has served as a venue for numerous international soccer matches. In 2004, the U.S. Women's Olympic team faced Mexico at Arrowhead. In 2001, a World Cup qualifier between the U.S and Costa Rica was played at Arrowhead.