Doreen Overstreet, Senior Public Information Officer, Orange County Government
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Greater Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit Partners To Unveil Host City Candidate Logo and Announce Series of Special Events in Downtown Orlando

Plans announced for Thursday, June 20, to celebrate 25th Anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted in Orlando

greater orlando sports commision logoOrlando, Fla.  – June 17, 2019 – The Greater Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit Partners (GO26) will unveil its new Host City Candidate logo on Thursday, June 20th. Orlando is among 17 U.S. cities still in the running to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be jointly hosted across North America by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“On behalf of our World Cup Pursuit stakeholders, we are looking forward to unveiling our Host City Candidate logo,” said Jason Siegel, CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “Our leadership team from the City of Orlando, Orange County, Orlando City Soccer Club and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission is very much looking forward to welcoming dignitaries from FIFA and U.S. Soccer to Orlando during the upcoming phase of the bid process to showcase all that our community has to offer.”

The Greater Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit Partners also announced a series of events set to take place on Thursday, June 20, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup matches that were hosted in Orlando. Descriptions of each event are provided below. The watch party on Church Street is a public facing event and fans in attendance will have the chance to win an assortment of prizes. In addition, Fox Sports is expected to show live shots of the Church Street watch party during the international broadcast of the match.

2019 FIFA World Cup Watch Party (Open to Public)

The Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit Partners along with the Orlando Downtown Development Board are hosting a Church Street Block Party on Thursday, June 20th at 3pm for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they take on Sweden in their final group stage match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The first 100 fans will receive a commemorative cup featuring all Orlando Pride players playing in the 2019 FIFA World Cup. Also, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in Orlando, the first 25 fans to arrive will receive an Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit Scarf, and all fans will have the chance to win additional prizes including an Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit jersey, 2019 MLS All-Star jersey, and tickets to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game in Orlando.

25th Anniversary VIP Celebration presented by Orlando Health (Invitation Only)

Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, and other special guests as we turn back the clock for the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. This VIP celebration presented by Orlando Health will be hosted on Thursday, June 20 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Cheyenne Saloon. We will reflect on the 1994 FIFA World Cup with community leaders, government officials and key personnel that led the charge. Speakers include:

  • Mayor Buddy Dyer – Mayor of the City of Orlando
  • Mayor Jerry L. Demings – Mayor of Orange County
  • Jason Siegel – Chief Executive Officer of Greater Orlando Sports Commission
  • Alex Leitao – Chief Executive Officer of Orlando City Soccer Club
  • Alan Rothenberg – Chairman and CEO for the 1994 FIFA World Cup
  • Marla Messing – Executive Vice President for the 1994 FIFA World Cup
  • Ross Berlin – Senior Vice President of Venues for the 1994 FIFA World Cup
  • Joanie Schirm – Orlando Chairman for the 1994 FIFA World Cup

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