World Cup 2026 host cities and stadiums announced for U.S., Canada, Mexico

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World Cup 2026 host cities: List of 16 stadiums, venues selected by FIFA in USA, Canada, Mexico

Simon Borg

06-18-2022

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, three in Mexico and two or two in Canada. 

MORE: How the format will work for the 48-team World Cup in 2026

World Cup host cities 2026 announcement

There were 22 host cities and 23 total venues (two in LA) on the shortlist for selection, but only 16 made the cut. 

Those 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 that information was 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

Which cities missed out on World Cup 2026?

Below are the seven cities that were snubbed by the World Cup selection process at the final hurdle. One of them was the joint bid by Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

“You can’t imagine a World Cup coming to the U.S. and the capital city not taking a major role as well,” said FIFA’s chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith after the venues announcement. “We’ll be engaging with all the cities that weren’t chosen to host matches. There are still a lot of other areas of cooperation, and working together, and celebration. We know what a fan fest on the National Mall would be like — 250th anniversary of the U.S. on the 4th of July in 2026.

“We’ll be engaging with all the cities so that not only the 16 we chose today, and not only the cities that were not successful, but in fact all the cities across these three countries celebrate the World Cup.”

CountryCityStadiumCapacity
CanadaEdmonton, AlbertaCommonwealth Stadium56,302
USABaltimore, Md.
Washington, D.C.
M&T Bank Stadium71,006
USACincinnati, OhioPaul Brown Stadium65,515
USADenver, Colo.Mile High Stadium76,125
USALos Angeles
(Pasadena, Calif.)
Rose Bowl92,000
USANashville, Tenn.Nissan Stadium69,143
USAOrlando, Fla.Camping World Stadium60,219

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosted the final of the 1994 World Cup, when the event was last hosted by the USA. Edmonton had been rumored to be out of the running several days prior to the official announcement.

CONCACAF president and Canadian Victor Montagliani echoed Smith’s comments that other cities would be approached with opportunities for cultural events and fan fests around the World Cup.

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