On visit to UK, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford meets with football executives and government officials to discuss Baltimore’s World Cup bid – CBS Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford completed a trip to the UK on Monday that included meetings with football executives and government officials as the Baltimore area continues its bid to host games during the World Cup FIFA 2026, according to a new press release from the bid committee.

Rutherford, co-chair of the nominating committee, was joined by Terrance Hasseltine, president of Baltimore-Maryland 2026 and executive director of the Maryland Sports Commission in several meetings, the committee said.

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Last week, Rutherford and Hasseltine met with leaders of the English Football Association at Wembley Stadium in London to discuss hosting big football matches, and the Lieutenant Governor then met with officials from the Department of Industry and Commerce and 20 companies specializing in the management of large events, said the bid committee.

The UK and Ireland are considering a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, according to multiple reports.

“I enjoyed visiting the UK and sharing our unique vision of hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup football matches, as well as the benefits to our communities in Maryland,” Rutherford said in a communicated. “We look forward to including some of the valuable lessons and expertise we received during our tour.”

The lieutenant governor has stopped in London, Birmingham and Manchester and also met with representatives of the United Nations-sanctioned charity Football for Peace, the bid committee said.

He also tweeted that he had been joined by officials from the Maryland Department of Commerce to meet with UK cybersecurity firms to promote Maryland’s strengths in the industry and trade officials to discuss strengthening interstate relations. United and the United Kingdom.

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In the statement, Hasseltine said the trip reaffirmed his belief that Baltimore can be a successful host city.

“The relationships that have been established over the past few days with major UK football organizations and other major event experts will greatly benefit Baltimore-Maryland not only until 2026, but also for many years beyond.” , did he declare. “We return to the United States with a spring in our approach and look forward to channeling our enthusiasm into hard work over the next few months ahead of the host city decision.”

All 2026 World Cup matches will be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In September, representatives from FIFA and US Soccer visited the M&T Bank Stadium and other sports facilities in Baltimore. During this tour, officials also made stops in Boston, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington DC, New York / New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami.

A month later, FIFA officials visited Kansas City, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle in the United States, as well as Monterrey, Mexico.

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The football governing body has said it plans to finalize the selection process by the first or second quarter of 2022.

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