World Cup 2026 host cities announced by FIFA in USA, Canada, Mexico

BARRIO – The 2022 FIFA men’s World Cup in Qatar hasn’t even happened yet, but the focus is already turning to what will be the biggest World Cup ever held in the history of the tournament in 2026.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature a 48-team expanded format, increasing the field from the current 32-team setup which has existed since 1998.

FIFA on June 16 announced its 16 venue selections for the 2026 event, which for the first time will be held across three countries: North American nations USA, Canada and Mexico will team up to host the event with more teams (48) and matches (80) than ever before.

“This part of the world doesn’t realize what will happen here in 2026,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a press conference after the selection of the venues. “These three countries will be upside down and flipped back again. The world will be invading Canada, Mexico and the United States, and they will be invaded by a big wave of joy and happiness because that’s what football is about.”

In an event that was held at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the world governing body made its final decisions known with 16 stadiums selected: 11 in the USA alone, three in Mexico and two or two in Canada. 

The 16 cities were unveiled by region, starting with cities out west, followed by central region cities and then the five cities in the east. A total of 60 matches will be played on U.S. soil with 10 each in Mexico and Canada.

The specific stages and the number of matches that each stadium will host have yet to be announced and were not part of the venue selection announcement. But after the event, FIFA officials indicated that when it comes to the World Cup final, the capacity will be “first and foremost” among the considerations taken into account.

It’s also worth noting that Toronto will be expanding BMO Field to meet FIFA’s capacity requirements. It will go from its current 30,000 capacity to 45,000 for the event in 2026.

CountryCityStadiumCapacity
CanadaToronto, OntarioBMO Field45,500
CanadaVancouver, B.C.BC Place54,000
MexicoGuadalajara, JaliscoEstadio Akron46,232
MexicoMexico CityEstadio Azteca87,523
MexicoMonterrey, Nuevo LeonEstadio BBVA53,500
USAAtlanta, Ga.Mercedes-Benz Stadium71,000
USABoston, Mass.Gillette Stadium65,878
USADallas, Tex.
(Arlington, Tex.)
AT&T Stadium80,000
USAHouston, Tex.NRG Stadium71,795
USAKansas City, Mo.Arrowhead Stadium76,416
USALos Angeles, Calif.
(Inglewood, Calif.)
SoFi Stadium70,240
USAMiami, Fla.Hard Rock Stadium64,767
USANew York / New Jersey
(East Rutherford, N.J.)
MetLife Stadium82,500
USAPhiladelphia, Pa.Lincoln Financial Field69,176
USASan Francisco, Calif.
(Santa Clara, Calif.)
Levi’s Stadium68,500
USASeattle, Wash.Lumen Field69,000

Source: Sporting News

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