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Council Notes | A resolution to bring the World Cup to Seattle

  • World Cup bid: The full City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday approving a resolution from Mayor Jenny Durkan to support Seattle’s efforts to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America. Seattle is a potential host city in the U.S.-Canada-Mexico joint bid. Though CenturyLink would host Seattle’s games, training facilities would likely sprout at fields across the city. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the men’s World Cup since 1994. The U.S. men’s team will miss this summer’s World Cup hosted by Russia after being eliminated in qualifying last year. In 2015, Canada hosted the women’s World Cup with Team USA reigning as global champions. The 2019 women’s tournament will be hosted by France.

  • One more hurdle for SAAM expansion: Wednesday afternoon *should* bring the final council committee votes on legislation that will finally open the way for the start of construction on the long planned, much needed expansion and upgrade of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. You can read about the update lease agreement and the benefits being promised to Seattle Public Schools here. If you’d like committee chair Debora Juarez to know about your support for the expansion — or, hey, your opposition to it, too, we suppose, drop her an email.

Updated Asian Art Museum lease proposal includes free visits, arts education for Seattle Public School students


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