We were informed that, regrettably, FIFA did not select Denver as a World Cup 2026™ host, despite earning a coveted spot among an incredible list of final candidate cities across the country.

While we are disappointed for soccer fans throughout Colorado, we could not be prouder of the bid that we put together. Our bid was strong and community-oriented, reflecting our commitment to representing the city’s best interests while being fiscally responsible.

And, we believe our community still won as a result of the bid process, which united a diverse coalition of ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic populations in pursuit of a common goal to land the largest sporting event in the world, and resulted in legacy programs like the bid’s formal Human Rights Strategy that we hope will be a model for events in The Mile High City for years to come.

While Denver was not selected, our city has a long history of hosting prestigious soccer events such as the Concacaf Nations League Finals and Gold Cup and matches featuring both the men’s and women’s national teams, and we are confident that tradition will continue. In fact, the U.S. Women’s National Team plays Colombia in an international friendly Saturday, June 25 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

And rest assured, we plan on having a busy schedule of conventions, events and leisure visitors during the summer of 2026 that will bring a tremendous amount of economic impact to Denver.