Source: United Bid Press Release
FIFA's 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a trip to 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 today's visit was a tour of 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 our 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 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the most sustainable sports venue in the world and the official home of Atlanta United. 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. The stadium has also been home to record crowds-Atlanta United was able to break Major League Soccer's single-match attendance record on October 22, 2017, when they housed 71,874 for their regular season match against Toronto FC.
The last stop of the day was the Georgia World Congress Center, which opened its doors in 1976 with approximately 350,000-square-feet of exhibition space. Today, the Center features 1.4 million square-feet of exhibition 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 to host seven Olympic sporting events in 1996.
UNITY, OPPORTUNITY, AND CERTAINTY IN FOCUS
Today's tour reinforced the United Bid's commitment to FIFA's new vision for the future of football. Our desire is to help share the FIFA World Cup™ for the 21st century, by supporting FIFA and showcasing the power of football to meaningfully impact the world through a shared commitment to human rights and broader sustainability issues. Atlanta-one of the United Bid's 23 qualified Candidate Host Cities-reflects these values:
UNITY -Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities in America and already has an impressive soccer following. Atlanta United 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.
OPPORTUNITY -With one of the most innovative and state-of-the-art stadiums in the country, Atlanta also hopes to use the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ as a model for the way that new technology can transform the way people view and experience live sports. The city is a leader in environmental sustainability; Mercedes-Benz Stadium was the first stadium in the United States to receive USGBC LEED Platinum Certification. As a host city for the 2026 World Cup™, Atlanta would use the opportunity to further promote the game, as well as to use football educational programs to teach about environmental issues.
CERTAINTY -Atlanta has already proven to have the infrastructure, transportation, and facilities necessary to host major sporting events, including the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals (2013) and Semifinals (2015). The city will also host the upcoming 2018 MLS All-Star Game, 2019 Super Bowl LIII, and 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four.