In the NFL world, who doesn’t know Patrick Mahomes? Well, hope you don’t count yourself on that list. The 2018 NFL MVP is a true superstar of the game. He plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, during the 2019-20 playoffs, he led the Chiefs to Super Bowl LIV. This was their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years. Mahomes also won the Super Bowl MVP award. In fact, in 2020 the Chiefs signed him for 10 years worth a total of $503 million. This made Mahomes the second-largest known contract in sporting history.
Therefore, it can easily be understood how important Patrick Mahomes is for the Chiefs. Therefore, it seems highly natural that he will be the one to share the news that Kansas City will be one of the host cities of the 2026 World Cup. Kansas City is not a big place. However, it is an important hub of American Football. In fact, while selecting the venues, prioritized great stadium infrastructure, as well as a rich soccer tradition.
In these aspects, Kansas City stood apart. And who can be a better option than Patrick Mahomes to announce the news for his adopted hometown? Follow the link to view Mahomes disclosing the big news:
Read the article to know more about the big news.
Why Did Kansas City Get The Bid?
For the 2026 World Cup, eleven American cities got bids. These eleven cities include – Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (New Jersey), Philadelphia, San Francisco (Bay Area) and Seattle. In fact, all the NFL stadiums in these eleven cities are capable of hosting the games of the World Cup. Moreover, all of these cities have rich soccer history. Therefore, the selections made by FIFA seem right on the target.
Kansas City is a rich hub of soccer with a glorious history. Beginning as the Dallas Texans in 1960, the club went on to become the most victorious franchise in AFL history. Down the ages, the club associated itself with the greats like Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Johnny Robinson and now obviously Patrick Mahomes.
Moreover, the legend of Lamar Hunt still leaves gloriously in the city. Lamar Hunt was the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, the U.S. Open Cup bears his name. Therefore, it would have been a great shame if Kansas City failed to get the bid.
What It Means for Kansas City
It is always a rare honour to host games of the World Cup. In fact, it is a rare honour for all the selected venues. Kansas City is no exception here. It is a tremendous opportunity for them. However, Kansas City has also got a unique reason to celebrate.
In fact, Kansas City is the only city in the midwestern region to get a World Cup bid. Some other venues like Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus and the Twin Cities were also in the race. But they eventually failed to make the cut. The fans were sad that they would never be able to host a Super Bowl. But the World Cup bid has given them a bigger cause to celebrate. In fact, Patrick Mahomes was not the only athlete to announce the news. However, his announcement meant something special to the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes has always been a special player for the Chiefs. He is widely popular in the city. Therefore, when the city got a World Cup bid, there was no better person than Patrick to announce the news on social media. However, this is a big challenge for Kansas City. In fact, organising World Cup games is never an easy job. All eyes will be set on them.
Therefore, it remains to be seen how Kansas City does justice to its rich soccer tradition. Like all of us, Patrick Mahomes will also perhaps set his sight on the matches organised in his adopted hometown. Let’s hope everything goes smooth for Kansas City.