Earlier this year, the US, Canada and Mexico announced their plans to submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. If the three are selected as hosts, the games will be played across the three countries. FIFA has not announced the host yet but several cities in the three countries have already submitted their bids to stage World Cup games.
More than 20 cities in the US have shown interest in staging World Cup games. One of the cities with several stadiums interested is Los Angeles. Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, The Coliseum and the planned NFL stadium that will be located in Inglewood, are among the more than 20 venues interested.
Three Mexican states have shown interest in staging games while five Canadian provinces are also interested. Mexico is the country that has hosted the most World Cups out of the three with two. The US hosted the 1994 World Cup while Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup.
One of the stadiums interested for Mexico is Estadio Azteca, which has staged World Cup games in the past. Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is one of the few options being considered for Canada.
The 2026 World Cup will see major changes from previous editions. Earlier this year, FIFA approved an expansion for the tournament. 48 teams will participate in 2026, 16 more than recent tournaments. The next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar will use the current format of 32 teams.
A total of 41 cities have shown interest in staging the World Cup games. The majority of the cities are in the United States. There are requirements for the stadiums to bid, including a capacity of at least 40,000 seats for the group stage matches. The requirements are even bigger for the opening and final matches, with at least a capacity of 80,000 seats. Only a few stadiums that have shown interest have a capacity of 80,000, so many will be competing for the group stage matches.
The cities and stadiums interested must also have all the infrastructure, transportation and everything needed for a major sporting event such as the World Cup. FIFA will reportedly choose the next host next year. The US, Mexico and Canada bid will be competing against a few others, including Morocco. If the joint bid is chosen, it would be the first time since 2002 that the tournament is hosted by more than one country.
Here are all the stadiums interested in hosting games for the 2026 World Cup:
– Raymond James Stadium (Capacity of 73,000).
– CenturyLink Field (69,000).
– Levi’s Stadium (72,000).
– Mercedes-Benz Stadium (75,000).
– FedEx Field (82,000).
– M&T Bank Stadium (71,000).
– Alamodome (72,000).
– Gillette Stadium (65,000).
– Legion Field (71,000).
– Soldier Field (61,000).
– Lincoln Financial Field (70,000).
– Rice-Eccles Stadium (46,000).
– Bank of America Stadium (75,000).
– Paul Brown Stadium (65,000).
– Heinz Field (68,000).
– University of Phoenix Stadium (73,000).
– The Coliseum (78,000).
– Rose Bowl (87,000).
– Raiders Stadium (72,000).
– Planned NFL stadium for Rams and Chargers. Capacity not yet known but the stadium will be located in Inglewood.
– U.S. Bank Stadium (63,000).
– FirstEnergy Stadium (68,000).
– NRG Stadium (71,000).
– Superdome (72,000).
– AT&T Stadium (105,000).
– Cotton Bowl (92,000).
– Sports Authority Field (76,000).
– Lucas Oil Stadium (66,000).
– Ford Field (65,000).
– Camping World Stadium (65,000).
– Arrowhead Stadium (76,000).
– EverBank Field (64,000).
– Nissan Stadium (69,000).
– Hard Rock Stadium (65,000).
– MetLife Stadium (82,000).
– Estadio Chivas (45,000).
– Estadio BBVA Bancomer (52,000).
– Estadio Azteca (87,000).
– BC Place (55,000).
– Mosaic Stadium (30,000).
– Montreal Olympic Stadium (61,000).
– Commonwealth Stadium (56,000).
– TD Place Stadium (24,000).
– BMO Field (28,000).
That’s a lot of stadiums but the list will reportedly get smaller as FIFA will look at all the options and determine which ones will stage the matches. FIFA will choose the host of the 2026 World Cup next year and the country or countries will have six years to prepare for the sporting event.
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