⚽️ World Cup comes to the Bay
Plus: Visit the Obamas
Hey there, San Francisco.
The 2026 men’s World Cup will take place in 16 cities across Mexico, Canada, and the United States. And on Thursday, FIFA announced that the “San Francisco Bay Area” will be one of those host cities.
Games will be held at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara.
Other host cities include Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Monterrey, Mexico City, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, and New York/New Jersey.
It’s the first time that the men’s World Cup has come to the US since 1994. Back then, FIFA also selected the Bay Area to host games, which were played at Stanford Stadium.
This year’s World Cup is in Qatar and will take place in November/December – instead of the typical June/July schedule – due to the country’s extreme summer heat.
With that… onto the news…
Quick bits: News to know
💉 The San Francisco Department of Public Health has pre-ordered 6,400 Pfizer and 6,400 Moderna vaccine doses for children ages 5 and under, a spokesperson for the department told me on Thursday. They are expected to arrive on Monday.
Still, the city is waiting on authorization from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health before it will allow young children to receive the Covid vaccine.
When approved, which could happen over the weekend, the SFDPH is recommending parents “seek a vaccine through their pediatrician’s office.”
The city will also offer vaccines to children under 5 at its community clinics in a “limited capacity,” the spokesperson said.
👀 The Tenderloin Center, which was central to Mayor London Breed’s emergency declaration in the Tenderloin last year, will shut down in December.
Located in UN Plaza, the center serves “about 400 people each day at its fenced-in site with hot meals, showers, and referrals to mental health or addiction treatment,” the Chronicle writes.
In May, the SF Standard reported that the center was acting as a de-facto safe consumption site for drug users.
A spokesperson for the mayor told the SF Standard on Thursday: “The City will have more to share in the coming months about the next phase of the [Tenderloin emergency initiative].” (Chronicle / SF Standard)
🥡 Brandon Jew, the owner/chef of Mister Jiu’s who just won the James Beard Award for best chef in California, also has a more casual spot serving Chinese American food in the Inner Richmond called Mamahuhu.
On Thursday, SFGATE reported Jew is opening a second Mamahuhu in Noe Valley either later this year or early next year. (SFGATE)
What else I’m reading/watching: Links to browse
Duane Kuiper calls out Fox for ‘implying’ that Amy Schneider didn’t throw out first pitch on Pride Night (KNBR)
Steph and Ayesha Curry's former estate is for sale in the Bay Area (SFGATE)
Campy Maximalism, Please: How the Trash-Glam Aesthetic Is Making Bay Area Restaurants Fun Again (Eater)
Hella News: Lots of Love for Bill to Keep SF Bars Open Until 4 a.m. (SF Standard)
Weekend guide: Events, ideas, and more
🏀Watch the Warriors. Game 6 of the NBA Finals is tonight at 6pm. If the Warriors don’t clinch the title in Boston, they’ll be back at the Chase Center for Game 7 on Sunday at 5pm.
🐾 See a lotta corgis. After a 3 year hiatus, Corgi Con is back this Saturday at Ocean Beach (below Cliff House, between stairwell 2 and 5) from 10am - 2 pm. Organizers say the event will be “fenced in,” so you can let your four-legged friends run free.
🖼 Visit the Obamas. The official presidential and first lady portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama will be on display in the deYoung Museum starting on Saturday. Tickets for the show's opening weekend will be available on-site on a first-come-first-serve basis. Doors open at 9:30 am. The portraits will be on display at the deYoung until August 14.
🎷 Celebrate Juneteenth. The San Francisco Citywide Black Student Union is hosting its first annual Juneteenth Festival at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. The event promises to “promote local entrepreneurs, creators, and artists to celebrate the varieties of creativity within Black culture.”
Also, on Friday night and Saturday from noon to 4 pm, Jazzteenth, featuring renowned local jazz musicians, will take place at the Golden Gate Park Bandshell.
That’s all for today! As a reminder, I’ll be out tomorrow and Monday. So, I’ll see you back here on Tuesday. Have a wonderful weekend, Happy Father’s Day, and go Dubs! - Nick B. 💙