Three countries in North Central America including the United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This is the first world soccer finals with 48 teams, which is 16 more than the current figure.
Although this is also the first tournament to be held in three countries, most matches will take place in the United States. Of the 80 matches at the 2026 World Cup, 10 will be played in Canada, 10 in Mexico and the rest will take place in the US. Here are 17 stadiums in the US that are proposed to host matches. This list is likely to shrink to 10 stadiums by 2021.
The first is the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is the state between Washington D.C. and New York, USA. Although the stadium has no experience in organizing World Cup matches, it has up to 82,500 seats. This stadium started its operation 10 years ago.
Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, USA with a capacity of 90,888 people is the second name on the list. Built in 1922, this stadium was the venue for the 1994 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA also appears on the list. Because it was newly built in 2017, it has no experience of organizing a World Cup. However, the capacity of up to 71,000 people is a good condition to consider.
The capacity of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA is a huge 100,000. Therefore, although there is no World Cup-related activity taking place here, this stadium is still nominated. Only opened since 2009, AT&T facilities are still new.
The stadium, called FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, is also listed for its capacity of 82,000 seats. It officially opened in 1997 but has yet to host a World Cup match.
Just put into use in 2014, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California has been noticed. It could be less than 75,000 spectators. And of course, it has never appeared on the list of stadiums that have hosted a World Cup.