17 stadiums in 16 US cities named as finalists to host 2026 World Cup

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The World Cup is coming to North America in 2026 with the United States sharing hosting duties with Canada and Mexico. The tournament hasn’t been held in the United States since 1994, with games played in Dallas, East Rutherford, Detroit, Foxborough, San Francisco, Orlando, Chicago, D.C. and Los Angeles. That year’s final between Italy and Brazil was contested at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The 2026 World Cup will see an expanded 48-team field, 16 more than the 32 qualifiers competing at this year’s event in Qatar. According to the Associated Press, FIFA has named 17 stadiums in 16 locales throughout the United States as finalists with plans to reveal 10 host cities at a news conference next month. Canada and Mexico are expected to have three venues each, bringing the total number of tournament sites to 16.

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The 17 U.S. stadiums in contention for hosting World Cup games are as follows:
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Empower Field at Mile High, Denver
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
NRG Stadium, Houston
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Lumen Field, Seattle

Canada will be represented by Toronto (BMO Field), Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium) and Vancouver (B.C. Place) while Mexico City (Estadio Azteca), Guadalajara (Estadio Akron) and Monterrey (Estadio BBV) will serve as Mexico’s three host cities. Charlotte, Tampa, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City also drew consideration from FIFA but were ultimately rejected. Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Montreal withdrew their bids due to various conflicts. FIFA will officially announce its World Cup venues June 16th in New York City.

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