Houston pitches World Cup site with mural visible from the air

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Friday, June 11, 2021
FIFA World Cup 2026 Pitch: Houston unveils upcoming mural
Houston leaders including Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke and others speak as work continues on a gigantic mural goes up in conjuc

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's a work of art so big, passengers aboard aircraft headed into and out of Houston will see that the city is serious about its bid to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world in five years.

Work on the mural known as "Gateway to the World" is underway in the 7700 block of Braniff Street, just south of runway 35 at Hobby Airport.

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The artwork will cover 10,000 square feet once complete and will be visible from the air. Completion is expected within the next month.

TIMELAPSE: Arists work on the beginnings of a huge mural in SE Houston for World Cup 2026 pitch

What will it look like when it's complete? We'll find out in about a month! The artist known GONZO24.7 and crew are seen in this timelapse beginning the work on a 10,000 square foo

In addition to the mural, large ceramic soccer balls are planned for display inside Bush and Hobby in hopes of luring the FIFA World Cup to town in 2026.

The FIFA World Cup is considered to be the most prestigious tournament in the world for soccer and has been hosted by 17 countries since its inception in 1930.