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Minneapolis will NOT be a World Cup host city

The Minneapolis Bid Committee has withdrawn the city from consideration.
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The World Cup, the biggest sporting spectacle on Earth, will not be coming to Minneapolis should it be held in the U.S. in 2026.

The Minneapolis Bid Committee confirmed on Thursday that it's withdrawn its bid to be a host city for the event after failing to negotiate terms with the world soccer body, FIFA.

The decision was taken despite the committee believing Minneapolis "is well-prepared to host this premier international event."

"However, after much discussion and several attempts to work within the parameters prescribed by FIFA, we chose not to continue forward in the bid process," it said.

"Unfortunately, the inability to negotiate the terms of the various bid agreements did not provide our partners, and our community, with sufficient protections from future liability and unforeseen changes in commitments."

It said it was asking for flexibility on how much Minneapolis would be liable to spend hosting the event, as well as clearer estimate on the costs associated with the events.

U.S. Bank Stadium would have played host to at least 6 World Cup games had Minneapolis been selected.

It was one of 18 cities left in the running to host matches.

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