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Baltimore looks to host World Cup, makes overtures at competing DC proposals

Maryland Sports Commission Exec Dir Terry Hasseltine, who leads the city's push to be a host city for the ‘26 FIFA World Cup, “acknowledged ‘there are some benefits’ to merging competing proposals” from DC, according to Edward Lee of the BALTIMORE SUN. Hasseltine “emphasized that move would have to be mandated” by either FIFA or U.S. Soccer. He also "reiterated that there is no discussion" about such a possibility. Hasseltine: “Right now, we are currently two separate bid identities.” Talk of a consolidated bid from Baltimore and DC “appeared to intensify” after The Washington Post last week reported that “concerns about the ability of FedExField in Landover to host games have emerged.” Reportedly, if the plans were combined, M&T Bank Stadium “would be the primary venue for games,” while DC “would be the site for other events" (BALTIMORE SUN, 1/22).

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