World Cup 2026 stadiums: In the wake of FIFA’s 2018 Congress selecting the United States, Mexico, and Canada to host the FIFA World Cup 2026, the three North American nations have been working on delivering the next edition of the most prestigious football tournament on the planet.
There will be 48 competing teams at the 2026 World Cup, up from 32 at the present time. As a result of the unconfirmed tournament format, the three hosting countries do not need to construct new stadiums, unlike Qatar’s preparation process for the 2022 World Cup, but instead will upgrade stadiums’ existing facilities, including Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, and Toronto’s BMO Field.
The Canadian stadium needs to almost triple its seats in order to meet FIFA’s minimum capacity requirements: stadiums must have at least 40,000 seats, while quarter-final stadiums must have a minimum of 60,000 seats, and the field where the opening ceremony or final will take place must have at least 80,000 seats.
A total of 16 stadiums will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup: 11 in the United States, 3 in Mexico, and 2 in Canada.
Where will the matches be played in 2026 FIFA World Cup?
All 16 stadiums have already been built, and the majority are large-capacity stadiums used by American NFL teams.
There will be upgrades to some stadiums before 2026, and some will need grass surfaces installed, as FIFA does not permit artificial turf.
According to the current format, the tournament will feature 80 matches – although that could still change. The United States would host 60 matches, including every match from the quarterfinals onward, while neighboring Canada and Mexico would each host 10 matches.
Both the US and Mexico have already hosted the World Cup, but most of the locations will be different in 2026. While Mexico has just one venue from 1970 and 1986, the renowned Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, the US uses none of the stadiums from 1994.
The list of FIFA World Cup 2026 host venues
- New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)
- Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium)
- Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
- San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
- Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
- Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
- Seattle (Lumen Field)
- Houston (NRG Stadium)
- Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
- Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium)
- Boston/Foxborough (Gillette Stadium)
- Toronto (BMO Field)
- Vancouver (BC Place Stadium)
- Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)
- Mexico City (Azteca Stadium)
- Monterrey (BBVA Bancomer Stadium)
The List Of FIFA World Cup 2026 Stadium’s Canada,Mexico and United State
Lumen Field Seattle
Levi’s Stadium / HNTB San Francisco
SoFi Stadium / HKS Los Angeles
Arrowhead Stadium / Kivett & Myers Kansas City
Stadium: AT&T / HKS Arlington
Mercedes-Benz Stadium / HOK Atlanta
NRG Stadium / Populous Houston
Gillette Stadium / Populous Boston
Lincoln Financial Field / NBBJ Philadelphia
Hard Rock Stadium / HOK Miami
MetLife Stadium / HOK New Jersey
Estadio Akron / Jean Marie Massaud & Daniel Pouzet + Populous Guadalajara
BBVA Bancomer Stadium / Populous + VFO Monterrey
Estadio Azteca / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez + Rafael Mijares Mexico City
BC Place Stadium / Studio Phillips Barratt Vancouver
BMO Field / Brisbin Brooks Beynon Architects Toronto
The location and stadium of the 2026 FIFA World Cup final.
Although it has not yet been decided, it will in the next year.
The MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which has a seating capacity of 82,500 and is the home of the NFL teams New York Giants and New York Jets, is the front-runner to host the championship.
The Azteca in Mexico has been suggested as a possible venue for the first game.
Both locations are in the running to host the 2026 championship game, but Fifa president Infantino stated the organisation will take its time making a choice.
Infantino stated that “there are still some conversations to have, and we’ll definitely choose the finest cities for the openings and the finals.”
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