World Cup 2026 host cities confirmed: What you need to know about the 16 venues

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The U.S., Canada and Mexico have been awarded the 2026 World Cup again in 2018. On Thursday, the 16 host cities have been revealed by FIFA in New York Metropolis. Catherine Ivill/Getty Pictures

After months of anticipation and years of preparation, we lastly have our 16 host cities and venues for the 2026 World Cup, which can be hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico. The most important takeaways: 11 U.S. cities have been chosen from the candidate pool, with three cities in Mexico and two Canadian cities becoming a member of the fray as effectively.

The Listing:

The event was awarded to the North American and CONCACAF rivals 4 years in the past, keeping off a robust bid from Morocco, and can be a notable competitors for a number of causes. Will probably be the primary World Cup hosted by a couple of nation since 2002, when Japan and South Korea shared the honors, and it will be the primary World Cup with three hosts. Mexico will make historical past as the primary nation to host or co-host for a 3rd time (following 1970 and 1986), the U.S. can be second-time hosts (following 1994), and it will likely be Canada’s first time internet hosting the boys’s event, having been the positioning of the Ladies’s World Cup in 2015.

Moreover, it will likely be the primary World Cup to boast 48 certified groups following FIFA’s vote in 2017 to increase the sphere from 32 sides, which had been the usual since France 1998. On this new format, 16 teams of three groups will compete with the highest two groups from every group advancing to a Spherical of 32, which can be single elimination all through to the ultimate.

All in all, 80 matches can be unfold throughout the 20 venues, with the U.S. internet hosting 60 video games — together with the quarterfinals, semifinals and ultimate — and Mexico/Canada every taking 10 matches. The venues are divided into three areas: EAST, CENTRAL and WEST and have been introduced in New York Metropolis on Thursday.

Here is every thing it is advisable know concerning the chosen venues.

Bounce to: Venues within the U.S. | Venues in Mexico | Venues in Canada


Venues in the US

There are 11 host cities in the US for 2026, accountable for internet hosting 60 video games together with the quarterfinals, semifinals and ultimate: Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Space and Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium have been all chosen to characterize the WEST area. Within the CENTRAL area, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas Metropolis have been all chosen. Within the EAST, Boston, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami accomplished the U.S. contingent of cities for the 2026 World Cup.

The U.S. cities that weren’t chosen: Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl, Nashville, Cincinnati, Baltimore/Washington, Orlando and Denver.

Bounce to: Venues within the USA | Mexico venues | Canada venues


SEATTLE

Regardless of being constructed for the Seattle Seahawks, Lumen Subject already has a status as the most effective and loudest soccer venues within the U.S. because of the distinctive assist of the Seattle Sounders. The MLS aspect has solely seen its standing because the best-attended group within the league threatened throughout latest years of enlargement, although Lumen Subject continues to stay some of the boisterous and best-attended stadiums in MLS. The open-air stadium has a partial roof that covers 70% of seats and traps in noise.

Lumen Subject is near downtown and straightforward to get to, walkable from Amtrak’s King Avenue Station and stops alongside Seattle’s Sound Transit rail system. A visit from the stadium to Seattle’s well-known Pike Place Market is simply about 20 minutes by public transportation, 26 minutes on foot and 10 minutes by automobile (if visitors is not too dangerous).

Main occasions hosted right here: The venue has already hosted some high-profile soccer matches, together with in the course of the 2016 Copa America Centenario and several other CONCACAF Gold Cups. Friendlies hosted embody for the U.S. nationwide groups, Mexico, Brazil, Manchester United, Barcelona, Membership America and others.


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (Santa Clara, California)

Fittingly for its location in Silicon Valley, Levi’s Stadium is without doubt one of the most trendy, technically superior sports activities arenas on the planet. It boasts a “best-in-class” mobile and Wi-Fi infrastructure and holds LEED Gold certifications from the U.S. Inexperienced Constructing Council for each new development and operations and upkeep — the primary stadium within the NFL to carry each certificates. There’s even an natural rooftop farm and an in-stadium app. Not dangerous for a reported value of $1.3 billion.

Main occasions hosted right here: Past soccer video games — the bottom has hosted MLS matches, friendlies, Copa America video games, the Worldwide Champions Cup, the Gold Cup ultimate and the U.S. girls’s nationwide group’s send-off forward of the 2019 World Cup — Levi’s Stadium has turn into one of many premier occasion locations on the West Coast. Tremendous Bowl 50 happened right here, as did WrestleMania 31, it was the positioning of the 2015 NHL Stadium Collection recreation between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks, and it is included in bids for the 2031 Males’s Rugby World Cup and the ladies’s version in 2033.


LOS ANGELES (Inglewood, California)

For a $5 billion price ticket, one would suppose the most recent stadium on this listing would have a large sufficient area for a World Cup match. However apart from that pending difficulty, the house to 2 NFL groups dazzles the senses with its round double-sided video display that hangs overhead. There’s by no means a scarcity of celebrities mingling within the stands, and in 2022, the Rams turned the second NFL group to win a Tremendous Bowl in its residence stadium (a feat completed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the yr prior).

FIFA went with Hollywood glitz over historical past by deciding on SoFi — a venue not on the committee’s preliminary listing — over the venerable Rose Bowl in close by Pasadena, which hosted the 1994 males’s ultimate and the 1999 girls’s ultimate. However it’s exhausting to disagree with the choice, bearing in mind the facilities and simpler entry that SoFi gives.

SoFi will host its first soccer matches on Aug. 3 with a MLS-Liga MX doubleheader that can pit Chivas towards LA Galaxy and Membership America towards LAFC.

Main occasions hosted right here: Is the Tremendous Bowl main sufficient? SoFi hosted the primary flagship NFL recreation within the LA-area since 1993 and has staged a number of main live shows since opening final yr, with Justin Bieber, The Rolling Stones, BTS and Paul McCartney all making stops. Past that, we’re nonetheless ready for its main occasions on the horizon: SoFi will host the 2023 School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship on Jan. 9, Wrestlemania 39 in April, and the opening/closing ceremonies of the 2028 Summer time Olympics.


DALLAS (Arlington, Texas)

With its distinctive retractable roof (and its doubtful glare-inducing home windows), the house of the Cowboys has all the time packed loads of shine and star energy since opening in 2009. It hosted Tremendous Bowl XIV in 2011 between the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, which stays second-most-attended NFL title recreation with over 103,000 spectators.

Main occasions hosted right here: From an NBA All-Star Recreation to an NCAA Last 4 to record-breaking boxing bouts that includes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the place has turn into a go-to spot for sporting occasions.

As for soccer, each Mexico and the USMNT have performed there on a number of events, and European golf equipment corresponding to Chelsea and Barcelona additionally held friendlies there. There have been stories that the sphere should be someway widened for World Cup matches, and like lots of the U.S.-based stadiums, it would want grass put in over the turf to fulfill FIFA necessities.


HOUSTON

It is protected to say {that a} World Cup match has but to be performed a stadium that can also be residence to a livestock and rodeo present, however hey it is Texas. However the residence of the Houston Texans has additionally seen loads of soccer (plus two of Tom Brady’s Tremendous Bowl wins with the New England Patriots) since opening in 2002. Mexico has performed right here quite a few instances, Lionel Messi turn into Argentina’s all-time aim scorer in a 4-0 drubbing of the USMNT on the 2016 Copa America Centenario, and the one Manchester Metropolis-Manchester United derby outdoors of England was held right here in 2017.

A retractable roof will present aid for these humid summer season days, plus followers will seemingly get to gander on the Astrodome — the world’s first ever multisport domed stadium — an iconic, albeit now condemned, relic that continues to be standing subsequent door.

Main occasions hosted right here: NRG Stadium has placed on a present for 2 Tremendous Bowls (together with the Patriots’ exceptional comeback vs. the Falcons in 2017), myriad Gold Cup matches (2005-2011), the 2010 MLS All-Star Recreation and even three video games in 2016’s Copa America Centenario: When Argentina beat the USMNT 4-0, it was notable for Lionel Messi notching the aim that made him his nation’s all-time main scorer.

European golf equipment have all the time made it a cease in latest seasons, with Man United beating Man Metropolis (2017) and Bayern Munich thrashing Actual Madrid (2019) as a part of the Worldwide Champions Cup.


KANSAS CITY

Kansas Metropolis sits firmly within the American midwest and is a hub for lots of issues: it was the beginning of pioneering trails west to Oregon, California and Santa Fe, and it was a spot that ignored the prohibition legal guidelines of the Twenties to turn into a high metropolis for jazz and leisure. The sports activities groups aren’t dangerous, both: the KC Royals gained the baseball World Collection in 2015, whereas the NFL’s Chiefs have gained back-to-back AFC Championships (2019, 2020) and the 2019 Tremendous Bowl because of the play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Town’s MLS group, Sporting Kansas Metropolis, have been a founding member of the league again in 1996 and boast two MLS Cups (2000, 2013) and 4 U.S. Open Cups.

Arrowhead was constructed within the Nineteen Seventies and underwent in depth renovations, with a three-year, $375m improve to services and facilities to make for a extra fan-friendly time out. Further video boards, bars, concession choices and VIP lounges all intention to deliver the crowds nearer to the motion.

Main occasions hosted right here: This stadium isn’t any stranger to soccer. Along with internet hosting World Cup qualifiers for the USMNT over time, it has additionally hosted the likes of the U.S. Open Cup ultimate (2004) and was the house for MLS aspect Sporting Kansas Metropolis (1996-2008), again after they have been nonetheless often called the Kansas Metropolis Wizards.

Consider it or not, Arrowhead additionally holds a world document: The Guinness World Data nonetheless holds the venue because the loudest-ever stadium, with a sound degree of 142.2 dB recorded in the course of the Chiefs’ 42-14 win over the New England Patriots on Sept. 29, 2014.


ATLANTA

As one of many newer venues on this listing, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a contemporary really feel and loads of facilities. The progressive “video halo board” gives 360 levels of viewing angles and is the most important stadium video show on the planet. With one other world-topping 2,000-plus TV screens and 1,800 wi-fi entry factors, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has expertise constructed into its design. However with clear supplies round a lot of the stadium’s exterior, together with the 22,664-square-foot “Window to the Metropolis,” the skin world would not really feel too far-off.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is without doubt one of the largest residence stadiums for an MLS membership, however that hasn’t dampened the environment at video games for Atlanta United, a group that drew a median of greater than 50,000 earlier than the pandemic and continues high the listing for common attendance in MLS. With a cover over all of the seating and a retractable roof over the sphere, the stadium holds in sound and buzzes with environment. The 2018 MLS Cup, which Atlanta United gained, is a testomony to the raucous environment this stadium can ship.

Main occasions hosted right here: The place to start? Lately, Tremendous Bowl 53 in 2019, the School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship in 2018 and MLS Cup 2018 are simply three showpiece video games contained in the dome. Mercedes-Benz Stadium has additionally hosted the MLS All-Star Recreation in 2018, with the MLS group shedding on penalties to Italian giants Juventus, and a handful of Mexico friendlies since 2019.

It was additionally the place Kanye West selected to complete engaged on the album Donda, following a significant listening occasion on the stadium in July, 2021. (He additionally took within the sights of an Atlanta United recreation whereas taking a break from work.)


MIAMI (Miami Gardens, Florida)

Miami’s numerous, wealthy historical past has loads to do with soccer, with the “Magic Metropolis” having a group in just about each professional soccer league that is popped up within the USA, beginning with the North American Soccer League (NASL) within the Nineteen Sixties by means of to Main League Soccer within the 2020s with the arrival of David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF.

So as to sustain with the tempo and glitz of professional sports activities, Onerous Rock Stadium is contemporary off a $500m revamp that features a state-of-the-art roof/cover defending roughly 90% of the seats from the blazing south Florida solar, big video screens to offer each fan a transparent view of the motion.

Main occasions hosted right here: Miami lastly obtained one other soccer group of its personal (Inter Miami CF) in 2020, however the metropolis isn’t any stranger to main occasions in a number of sports activities. Onerous Rock Stadium hosted a Clasico between LaLiga powerhouses Actual Madrid and Barcelona in 2017 and has been no stranger to the NFL’s Tremendous Bowl (internet hosting six instances), the NFL’s Professional Bowl (2010) and several other school soccer nationwide championship video games since 2001.


PHILADELPHIA

Town of Brotherly Love is bringing the warmth as a World Cup venue: Lincoln Monetary Subject is a multi-purpose venue that is confirmed it could actually deal with elite occasions. It is also a zero waste facility, with 11,000 photo voltaic panels and 14 mico wind-turbines to offset, and exceed, the facility consumed by the stadium throughout a full season of Eagles video games. NIne tons of meals waste has been composted since 2016, in addition to route 100% of all supplies away from landfills every year.

Main occasions hosted right here: The primary occasion within the stadium’s historical past was — gasp — a soccer recreation! Man United and Barcelona performed there barely two years after floor was damaged in South Philly and the town’s connection to the game has solely grown since, with internet hosting duties in the course of the 2003 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup ultimate each happening within the metropolis. The NHL’s Stadium Collection, wherein professional hockey performs on particular rinks in out of doors arenas across the nation, arrived in 2019, with 69,000 followers packing in to observe the hometown Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. It is also a significant and common cease for world-famous musicians, with Taylor Swift (4 instances), Beyonce (3 times), Coldplay (twice) among the many notable acts to seize a cheesesteak on their manner up and down the East Coast.


NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY (East Rutherford, New Jersey)

MetLife is simply 12 years outdated, nevertheless it already has appreciable expertise internet hosting world-class soccer video games. America, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, the Republic of Eire, Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia have all performed friendlies there, and the Worldwide Champions Cup, the Gold Cup and the Copa America Centenario all held video games there as effectively. The Copa held its semifinals and ultimate on the Meadowlands, and the 82,026-strong ultimate crowd helped the 2016 version of the event turn into the perfect attended within the competitors’s historical past.

Regardless of its deal with in New Jersey, MetLife is definitely reachable from the center of New York Metropolis: A bus journey from the Port Authority in midtown Manhattan will take 40 to 50 minutes. That comfort helps to clarify why the stadium hosts 50 giant occasions yearly, seeing greater than 2 million individuals come by means of the turnstiles yearly.

Main occasions hosted right here: The stadium has seen loads since its first-ever occasion, the lacrosse Large Metropolis Traditional, again in April 2010. In addition to being the house of the Jets and Giants, it is hosted XFL video games (New York Guardians vs. Tampa Bay Vipers), the 2014 Tremendous Bowl, two Wrestlemanias (2013, 2019) and a ton of worldwide soccer: Mexico vs. Ecuador was the primary in 2010, however the 2016 Copa America Centenario ultimate was a very infamous affair as Lionel Messi opted to retire from Argentina responsibility following defeat to Chile on penalties. (Don’t be concerned, he returned not lengthy after.)


BOSTON (Foxborough, Massachusetts)

Some 40 minutes southwest of Boston, Gillette Stadium isn’t any stranger to the World Cup. Its predecessor, Foxboro Stadium — the positioning of which is now parking for Revs and Pats video games — hosted six matches within the 1994 event, and an additional 5 video games within the USWNT’s run to the 1999 title. In its present guise, Gillette has been residence to World Cup qualifiers, Gold Cups and the Copa America Centenario.

Now in its twentieth yr, Gillette lacks a lot of the glitz and modernity of many different stadiums internet hosting a match in 2026, nevertheless it underwent community renovations in 2016 to enhance Wi-Fi availability and its foods and drinks choices on most important concourses are present process revamps to make sure followers’ appetites are as glad as they’re at stadiums more and more providing gourmand bites. The Revolution averaged simply 18,861 in attendance final season, however the Patriots have loved a sellout streak relationship again to 1994 and foster one of many extra atmospheric home-field benefits within the NFL.

Main occasions hosted right here: Gillette has been a long-time soccer host over its 20 years of being open, and we’re not simply speaking concerning the New England Revolution. From CONCACAF Gold Cup video games to Ladies’s World Cup video games, Gillette’s been ever-present for each the boys’s and ladies’s nationwide groups. It is a main East Coast tour cease for a number of the world’s largest musical acts, it is hosted Premier League Lacrosse and extra primetime NFL video games (because of the Patriots’ exceptional success) than might be counted.


Venues in Mexico

All three of the Mexico venues up for internet hosting have been chosen by FIFA in Thursday’s announcement.

MEXICO CITY

Simply the title evokes tales of a number of the sport’s largest legends. Pele gained his third and ultimate World Cup with Brazil right here in 1970. Argentina legend Diego Maradona scored his “Hand of God” aim (in addition to an equally unbelievable solo effort dubbed because the “Aim of the Century”) towards England within the 1986 quarterfinals earlier than holding off West Germany within the thrilling ultimate. It’s the solely stadium that can have the excellence of internet hosting matches in three males’s World Cup editions, and likewise served as a number of the 1971 predecessor to the Ladies’s World Cup.

Current renovations, largely partially to host NFL video games, have diminished the capability — from over 114,000 to about 87,000 — and have definitely dampened its as soon as cacophonous environment (simply ask any USMNT participant or fan of a sure period). It’s the official residence of El Tri and serves two Liga MX giants in Membership America and Cruz Azul. Merely put, considered one of soccer’s nice cathedrals.

Main occasions hosted right here: Want we are saying extra? Along with the above, the mighty Azteca has hosted Michael Jackson, Menudo, U2 and Shakira, in addition to 9 NFL video games (1994-2019) with one other deliberate for 2022 between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.


MONTERREY (Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon)

Mexico’s latest soccer stadium has turn into a must-visit venue for any Liga MX fan. Opened in 2015, it has been the setting for well-funded Monterrey, which expertise a brand new interval of success since shifting in. Regardless of having a LEED environmental design award and together with all the trimmings of a contemporary venue, it has but to host a Mexico males’s nationwide group match. Nonetheless, it would co-host the CONCACAF W Championship in July, which can pit the area’s high girls’s sides — together with the U.S. girls’s nationwide group.

Main occasions hosted right here: Along with this summer season’s deliberate W Championship, Justin Bieber did carry out right here in 2017 on the Goal World Tour.


GUADALAJARA (Zapopan, Jalisco)

The home that Sir Alex Ferguson and “Chicharito” debuted. In 2010, when Chivas hosted Manchester United in a summer season pleasant to open the venue, Javier Hernandez performed the primary half for the house aspect earlier than ceremoniously transferring to the Premier League aspect for the second.

Its distinct structure harkens to a volcano lined by a hoop of smoke. Mexico’s males’s nationwide group has performed right here simply as soon as, nevertheless it hosted the area’s most up-to-date males’s Olympic qualifying event, and gives an intimate and full of life setting for arguably Liga MX’s most adopted membership.

Main occasions hosted right here: Regardless of not being a venue of selection for El Tri, it did host eight matches of the 2011 U-17 World Cup in addition to serving because the opening and shutting ceremony website for the 2011 Pan American Video games, internet hosting all of the soccer video games in that competitors in addition.


VENUES IN CANADA

Of the three host cities in rivalry for the Canadian contingent, solely Edmonton was not chosen by FIFA as a event website.

VANCOUVER

This venue has already hosted a World Cup ultimate earlier than: It is the place the U.S. girls’s nationwide group gained the 2015 World Cup on the again of a sensational Carli Lloyd hat trick to beat Japan, 5-2. BC Place is smack dab in downtown Vancouver, strolling distance from bars and eating places that World Cup-goers will take over, and in 2015, Robson Avenue was a sea of pink, white and blue marching towards the stadium.

The floor of BC Place is infamously synthetic turf, which gamers sued FIFA over in 2015. That is why Vancouver didn’t initially vie for a internet hosting spot, however late within the course of the British Columbia metropolis changed Montreal as a candidate metropolis. To fulfill the necessities for the 2026 event, BC Place will set up grass after successful its bid to host video games. In about 20 minutes, the roof might be opened or closed as wanted.

Main occasions hosted right here: Along with its 2015 World Cup duties, BC Place is the annual host of the Canada Sevens (a part of rugby’s World Sevens Collection), was the primary stadium for each the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2011 Paralympics, and has hosted the NFL (San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 in 1998). In 1987, it even placed on an Australian guidelines soccer match and hosted British royalty when Prince Charles and Princess Diana attended, and formally opened, the 1986 World Expo.


TORONTO

BMO Subject was not a part of the very profitable 2015 Ladies’s World Cup as a result of it was internet hosting the Pan American Video games across the similar time, nevertheless it has hosted video games for the U-20 males’s and U-20 girls’s World Cups. Forward of the Pan Am Video games, BMO Subject added a $120 million enlargement that included an extra 8,400 seats, a brand new cover overlaying virtually all seats, new locker rooms and premium suites. The stadium is about to increase once more forward of the 2026 World Cup with plans to accommodate roughly an extra 17,000 extra individuals for a complete of greater than 45,000.

Solely a pair miles from the center of Canada’s largest metropolis and capital, BMO Subject is accessible by streetcar and subway, making it a really perfect host metropolis for World Cup-goers so as to add to their itineraries. The in-stadium poutine — squeaky cheese curds and brown gravy over French fries — is as comforting as any you may discover elsewhere in Canada.

Main occasions hosted right here: From the Canada nationwide rugby group to the 2016 CFL Gray Cup ultimate, BMO Subject isn’t any stranger to reside motion. It is hosted MLS Cup (2016, 2017) by advantage of Toronto FC having home-field benefit, nevertheless it was additionally a significant website for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2014 FIFA Ladies’s U-20 World Cup.

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