Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mayor Funkhouser signs host city agreement for World Cup bid

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser held a press conference at Arrowhead stadium to announce that he had signed the Host City Agreement for Kansas City's World Cup Bid. This is another step in the process to become one of the host cities for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

Rick Hughes of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association spoke about the predicted economic impact of $400-600 million for each host city. That is comparable to a year's worth of conventions in just one month.

David Ficklin of Ongoal talking to reporters after the press conference.

Originally I was thinking the announcement of the host city agreement being signed was a little, well actually a large yawn. Just another step in the process, right? But after thinking about it I did a little looking around. It seems that no other cities have their agreement signed or if they do they have not revealed it yet. Being the first Bid City to have the agreement signed does make the KC Bid Committee look aggressive and organized. Even Ives tweeted it so everyone knows that Kansas City is ready. The US Bid Committee will pair down the bidding cities from 27 to 18 this month and this can only help.

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