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FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Two: Atlanta

Posted on 11 April 2018 in FIFA

Following its visit to Mexico City, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a stop on Wednesday in Atlanta —the second of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.

The first stop on the technical tour was a site visit of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta United Training Facility. Designed to foster openness and an aspirational environment, this 33-acre facility features a 30,000 square-foot headquarter building and six full-size fields including - three natural grass and three FieldTurf surfaces.

With the headquarters facing towards the fields so academy players, front office employees and first team players can feel connected and focused on the club - Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta United Training Facility promotes unity, further reinforcing the choice to include it as an option for a training facility in our United Bid proposal.

Following the tour of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta United Training Facility, the Task Force headed to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the most sustainable sports venue in the world and the official home of Major League Soccer side Atlanta United FC. The stadium, which is the first professional sports stadium in North America to achieve LEED Platinum certification, features an impressive 42,500-seat soccer configuration which has the capability to expand even further to house over 70,000 fans.

It was due to this cutting-edge design, that Atlanta United was able to break Major League Soccer's single-match attendance record on October 22nd, 2017 when they housed 71,874 for their regular season match against Toronto FC. The club then broke that mark this season, welcoming 72,035 supporters for its home opener against D.C. United on March 11, 2018.

The last stop on our tour was the Georgia World Congress Center, which opened its doors in 1976 with approximately 350,000-square-feet of exhibit space. Today, the Center features 1.4 million square-feet of exhibit space, making it the fourth-largest convention center in the United States. The Center has also been home to the International Broadcast Center and was used by the GWCC to host seven Olympic-sporting events in 1996.

UNITY IN FOCUS

During today’s tour in Atlanta, the United Bid Committee’s focus on Unity across the three nations was on display. Here are some of the highlights:

  • As seen so far on this tour, each of our Candidate Host Cities offers a proven wealth of experience and expertise in hosting world-class sporting events and has demonstrated leadership in the protection of the environment, human rights, and other serious issues.
  • Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and already has an impressive soccer following. Atlanta United FC boasts the highest average home attendance in Major League Soccer history with approximately 46,318 fans per game - more than any other MLS, NBA, NHL or MLB franchise in the country.
  • Atlanta has already proven to have the infrastructure, transportation and facilities necessary to host several major sporting events including the 2018 MLS All-Star Game, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2020. But, by combining multiple time zones, and including the entire Concacaf region in our planning, the United Bid opens up a myriad of options to connect fans, broadcasters, and commercial partners everywhere.

FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force departs Atlanta on Wednesday night and heads to Toronto for the third stop of the four-day tour. See below for a full schedule of FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force and check back to ussoccer.com each day this week four daily recaps of the tour.

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Tour Schedule

April 9-10

Mexico City

April 10-11

Atlanta

April 11-12

Toronto

April 12-13

New York / New Jersey

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