The Kansas City 2026 FIFA World CupTM Bid today announced it has partnered with the Kansas City Power & Light District to host free Women’s World Cup watch parties in June and July at KC Live! and No Other Pub in the Power & Light District. The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, FOX4, the Kansas City Chiefs, and Sporting Kansas City are the co-presenters for the month-long series of events this summer.
Beginning with the Women’s World Cup opening match on June 7 and continuing through the final on July 7, when the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Concacaf Gold Cup and Copa America champions will all be crowned on the same day, fans of all ages are invited to come cheer on their country alongside thousands of fellow soccer supporters in what has become a Kansas City tradition since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when KC Live! made national news as host of the nation’s most passionate watch parties.
KC Live!, the 25,000-square-foot entertainment block in the heart of downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District, will be the area’s premier destination for U.S. Women’s National Team matches, starting with group stage games on June 11, June 16 and June 20. World Cup broadcasts will be shown live on the theater-sized screen, which stretches 40 feet wide and 18 feet high, and match commentary will play throughout the venue.
No Other Pub, Sporting KC’s one-of-a-kind sports bar and social lounge inside the KC Live! Block, will also open early at 10 a.m. on World Cup matchdays to show 43 of the 52 matches on their 10-foot-by-15-foot cinema screen and surrounding HDTV screens, in addition to offering food, drink and gaming options for viewers.
This month-long celebration will highlight the region’s passionate soccer following during a summer in which Kansas City will host two major international events. The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to Kansas City on June 26 for a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader at Children’s Mercy Park. On July 23, an International Champions Cup match between two of the world’s top clubs, FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan, will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.
“Soccer fans of all ages have made Kansas City’s World Cup watch parties famous across the country,” said KC 2026 Executive Director David Ficklin. “It is hard to believe it has already been four years since over 10,000 fans watched the U.S. beat Japan to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup. This year we look forward to doing it again, both packing the Live! Block, and hopefully watching the USA win the World Cup!”
Fans interested in supporting Kansas City’s World Cup bid can visit www.KC2026.com to sign the petition, volunteer, or make a donation to support the KC 2026 Bid’s philanthropic efforts.