Is 2026 World Cup Final headed to North Texas? It sure looks that way

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Back in June, FIFA announced which venues will host the 2026 World Cup, with MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey), Estadio Azteca (Mexico City) and Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia) among 16 facilities chosen throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. When the World Cup last came to America in 1994, the Final was contested at the Rose Bowl, with over 94,000 fans making their way to Pasadena to see Brazil claim its fourth title, defeating Italy in penalty kicks.

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While FIFA has yet to make an official determination and probably won’t for several months, many anticipated the 2026 Final would be staged at MetLife due to its proximity to New York City (five miles west), one of the most populous and diverse metropolitan areas in North America. However, a new report would suggest otherwise, with former USMNT striker Hercules Gomez tweeting Tuesday that AT&T Stadium has emerged as the new favorite, citing intel from ESPN’s John Sutcliffe.

Known colloquially as Jerry World in reference to longtime Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, AT&T Stadium in Arlington has held countless events since opening in 2009, including the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four, Super Bowl XLV, Wrestlemanias 32 and 38, the 2018 NFL Draft and concert tours headlined by Taylor Swift, Beyonce, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, among other high-profile acts.

The 2026 World Cup will see an expanded 48-team field (up from the 32 who qualified for Qatar) with all three host nations receiving automatic bids. Host cities will include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterey with Canada represented by Toronto and Vancouver.

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