Minneapolis drops out of bidding for 2026 World Cup

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis has dropped out of the running to host the 2026 World Cup.

The Minneapolis Bid Committee said Thursday it has decided against submitting a formal bid to host the soccer tournament. The committee said it was unable to negotiate terms to protect the city from future liability or get a better estimate of expected costs.

One of those costs was the possibility of hosting six games and a fan fest that could last up to a month.
Minneapolis also says it wanted flexibility on the financial liability caps.

Despite suspending its bid, Minneapolis says it remains a strong supporter of the joint Canada, Mexico and U.S. bid. Minneapolis is still being considered as a team base camp city if FIFA awards the 2026 games to the United Bid Committee.

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