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FortWorth ocials promote city to European soccer club
The proposed location for the soccer stadium is at the northeast corner of Basswood Boulevard and I-35 W. The facility would also have elds for recreational and tournament use, according to Mitch Whitten, chief operating ocer of Visit Fort Worth. On March 29, Whitten told the City Council that Fort Worth has a need for outdoor elds for soccer or lacrosse. A report by the Fort Worth Sports Authority found residents are leaving the city for games and tournaments, taking sports and tourism dollars outside the city. “We’re missing an opportunity to generate new revenue and new room nights,” Whitten said. “Even the Fort Worth Youth Soccer Association says they do not have enough elds for the current number of youth who want to participate. A multipurpose outdoor youth complex would benet locals and visitors.” The 2026 World Cup will have three host coun- tries, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Eleven U.S. cities are expected to host games during the international tournament, and FIFA expects to make nal decisions in May. “If the region is selected to hold the 2026 World Cup, the ranks of soccer players in the international spotlight will be on us even more,” Whitten said.
BY BENJAMIN KARKELA
“IF THE REGION IS SELECTED TOHOLD THE 2026WORLD CUP, THE RANKS OF SOCCER PLAYERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT WILL BE ONUS EVENMORE.” MITCH WHITTEN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF VISIT FORT WORTH
FORTWORTH Four members of Fort Worth City Council traveled to Spain to promote the city to one of Europe’s most-popular soccer teams. Council Members Cary Moon, Jared Williams, Michael Crain and Chris Nettles visited Spain on April 13-15 to observe FC Barcelona’s soccer complex and La Masia youth academy, according to minutes from a March 29 City Council meeting. The Fort Worth ocials also met with FC Barcelona leadership to discuss partnership possibilities to bring high-level soccer and international tourism to Fort Worth. The international trip came about because the city of Fort Worth and Keller ISD are exploring options to build a 10,000-seat stadium in north Fort Worth. Earlier this year, Fort Worth held an online survey to measure community support for the public-private partnership stadium. In addition to seeking a partnership with FC Barcelona, Commu- nity Impact Newspaper reported the facility would be home to a United Soccer League Championship men’s team, a USL Super women’s team and a soccer development academy. KISD would also be able to use the stadium for high school sports and other events.
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Latest population estimatesmeasure growingDFW
Collin County ranked second for growth in the nation with 36,313 new residents, and Denton County came in sixth with 27,747 more residents during that period. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area had the most population growth among metro areas in the nation in that yearlong period, accord- ing to estimates. The 2020 census reported a DFW population of more than 7.66 million. The census esti- mated the metro population increased to nearly 7.76 million in 2021.
GROWING COUNTIES The latest census estimates show population changes from July 2020 to July 2021.
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REGION Tarrant County ranked 23rd in the nation for growth, adding nearly 12,000 residents between July 2020 and July 2021, the latest census estimates show.
SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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