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Gov. Kelly anticipates economic boost in 2026 with World Cup bid

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas will score an economic boost in 2026 after Kansas City was named a World Cup host city.

Gov. Laura Kelly (D-Kansas) said she has been waiting to hear the city was selected since the bidding process began two-and-a-half years ago.

”There is no doubt that Kansas City and the metro region are the smallest region that was selected in this entire process,” she continued saying, “We are in the big leagues now with New York, Boston, Houston, and Los Angeles…it’s fantastic!”

While soccer fans cheer knowing the sport’s biggest tournament will be in their own backyard, state leaders in both Kansas and Missouri are celebrating the economic win.

Kelly said, ”I have heard it is anywhere from $160 million to $600 million in impact on the region when this comes to fruition. That is huge!”

Local businesses said they are also eager to reap the benefits.

”Obviously Kansas City does have a lot of inventory,…

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