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World Cup 2026: The Dallas Bid & Tour of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
Dan Hunt, President, FC Dallas

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

World Cup 2026: The Dallas Bid

Event Details
6:00 PM Tour of the Hall of Fame
6:30 PM Program

FIFA's announcement of host cities for the World Cup 2026 is just around the corner on June 16. There is buzz that Dallas has a good shot at making the list and if Dan Hunt has his way, DFW will top that list. Hunt is no stranger to the professional sports industry. His father, Lamar Hunt, was key to the establishment of professional sports in the U.S. He founded professional leagues and owned many teams – notably the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL) and FC Dallas (MLS). Dan inherited his father’s passion, working with him to make Toyota Stadium a reality and Frisco, TX a premier destination for both professional and youth soccer. In 2018, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened in connection with Toyota Stadium, honoring the history of soccer but unmistakably focused on the future.

According to Hunt's vision, part of that future will include hosting 2026 World Cup tournament games in that stadium here in DFW. He’s part of a bid committee made up of elected officials, business leaders, and sports franchise executives lobbying FIFA for North Texas to host as many as six matches of the 2026 World Cup – including the final. Seventeen other cities are also contending for the ten or eleven North American locations to be chosen. Cementing hope that DFW might be a top contender, tournament delegates recently toured the city of Fort Worth, AT&T Stadium, Fair Park, and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco.

Why would this be so significant? The World Cup is the world’s most celebrated tournament; the final match would put North Texas on the world’s stage and mean hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Be a part of this conversation FC Dallas's head coach and former Spanish soccer manager Nico Estévez joins Hunt to outline the potential impact on our metroplex in conversation moderated by Gina Miller, Vice President of Media & Communications for FC Dallas. A tour of the Hall of Fame will be included with registration.

About Dan Hunt

Dan HuntDan Hunt is the President of FC Dallas. Hunt previously served as a vice president for Hunt Sports Group. He has always been very passionate about soccer as the son of American sports icon Lamar Hunt, who founded the American Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs, Major League Soccer, and World Championship Tennis. Hunt aspires make Frisco the heart of soccer in America and is dedicated to ensuring North Texas hosts matches in the 2026 World Cup.

About Nico Estévez

Nico EstevezNico Estévez is the current head coach of FC Dallas. Originally from Spain, Estévez served as the head coach of Spanish third division side Huracán Valencia CF before he was recruited to coach the six-time La Liga winner Valencia CF. He later moved to the U.S. to become Director of Methodology for the Columbus Crew Academy, before joining the first team coaching staff for the U.S. Men's National Team.

About Gina Miller

Gina MillerGina Miller has been serving as FC Dallas's Vice President of Media & Communications since 2016. She has spent the majority of her career as a sportscaster, working with CBS, NBC, and ABC affiliates in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Knoxville. Miller also has 15 years of experience as a sport anchor, hosting the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, and more teams on pre- and post-game shows.

More about Dan, FC Dallas, and Toyota Stadium

Location: Toyota Stadium
9200 World Cup Way
Frisco, TX 75033
Fees: $35 Members; $50 Non-Members
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