Today, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott were announced as the co-chairs for the Baltimore-Maryland 2026 FIFA World Cup Host Committee.
Longtime FIFA fan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford was joined by Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Terry Hasseltine, President of Baltimore-Maryland 2026 and Executive Director of Maryland Sports Commission, for the announcement at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
“The Baltimore-Maryland 2026 bid has unwavering support from the communities that would benefit immensely from World Cup play in Maryland,” said LG Rutherford. “Maryland has extensive experience hosting major sporting events, as well as the capabilities and infrastructure to deliver a memorable experience for players and spectators alike. Bringing the World Cup to this region is a gateway to broaden the world soccer following, and further develop the sport in North America” (press release).
“As Mayor of Baltimore, I am thrilled to be appointed Co-Chair of our 2026 bid – and I can confirm the campaign has total political support from the city with all guarantees assured. Hosting FIFA World Cup 2026 matches in Baltimore-Maryland is a once in a generation opportunity that will accelerate our city’s ongoing transformation, with new jobs, living and work areas, and enriched recreational spaces for the community. It will truly have a positive, economic, social and cultural impact, said Mayor Scott (press release).
“I’m thrilled Lt. Governor Rutherford and Mayor Scott have accepted the positions of Co-Chairs and their leadership will be vital as we continue our bid. Baltimore’s bid to host FIFA World Cup 2026 matches at the M&T Bank Stadium has full support from all levels of state and city government and we believe our unique, compact hosting concept offers FIFA, visiting and local fans and competing teams an unrivaled tournament experience,” said President and Executive Director Hasseltine (press release).