World Cup 2026 host cities: List of 16 stadiums, venues selected by FIFA in USA, Canada, Mexico
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.
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.
|Canada||Toronto, Ontario||BMO Field||45,500|
|Canada||Vancouver, B.C.||BC Place||54,000|
|Mexico||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Estadio Akron||46,232|
|Mexico||Mexico City||Estadio Azteca||87,523|
|Mexico||Monterrey, Nuevo Leon||Estadio BBVA||53,500|
|USA||Atlanta, Ga.||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||71,000|
|USA||Boston, Mass.||Gillette Stadium||65,878|
|USA||Houston, Tex.||NRG Stadium||71,795|
|USA||Kansas City, Mo.||Arrowhead Stadium||76,416|
|USA||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|USA||Miami, Fla.||Hard Rock Stadium||64,767|
|USA||New York / New Jersey|
(East Rutherford, N.J.)
|USA||Philadelphia, Pa.||Lincoln Financial Field||69,176|
|USA||San Francisco, Calif.|
(Santa Clara, Calif.)
|USA||Seattle, Wash.||Lumen Field||69,000|
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.”
|Canada||Edmonton, Alberta||Commonwealth Stadium||56,302|
|M&T Bank Stadium||71,006|
|USA||Cincinnati, Ohio||Paul Brown Stadium||65,515|
|USA||Denver, Colo.||Mile High Stadium||76,125|
|USA||Nashville, Tenn.||Nissan Stadium||69,143|
|USA||Orlando, Fla.||Camping World Stadium||60,219|
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.