Pictured above in graphic, from top Left to Right, Clockwise: U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Representative Jamie Raskin, Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Representative Kweisi Mfume, Representative Anthony G. Brown, Representative David J. Trone)
BALTIMORE, Maryland – The Baltimore-Maryland bid to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026 has won backing from Maryland’s federal congressional delegation. Both U.S. Senators for Maryland and a majority of U.S. Representatives for the state have put their names to an open letter in support of the bid.
The letter, sent to FIFA Headquarters in Switzerland, calls the potential of FIFA World Cup matches in Baltimore “truly transformative” and a chance to “elevate the issues of sport and youth” in both Maryland and across the whole of the United States. Signatories include: U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David J. Trone.
The Senators and Representatives commit themselves to working with FIFA and US Soccer to ensure that a FIFA World Cup held in Baltimore will have an impact which is truly global as well as being a huge catalyst for change in Baltimore and Maryland itself.
The letter comes as a further boost to the Baltimore-Maryland 2026 campaign which begun the bid process as an underdog but is now seen as one of the leading contenders to host FIFA World Cup 2026 matches. The Baltimore-Maryland bid boasts the most compact footprint of any host city with M&T Bank Stadium within a half an hour journey of training venues, international airports and Baltimore City Centre with its vibrant culture and world leading hotels.
Welcoming the letter from the Maryland Congressional Delegation, Baltimore-Maryland 2026 Bid President Terry Hasseltine said, “Baltimore-Maryland 2026 has always enjoyed strong political support and this letter is another boost for our bid. I’m grateful for the backing of both our US Senators and the US Representatives who have put their name to this letter.
“Our Co-Chairs Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford and Mayor Brandon Scott have long provided us with first class leadership. Finding issues in America which reach across the aisle is never easy and our support from both Democrats and Republicans is a testament to the strength of what Baltimore Maryland has to offer.”
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