41 Cities Bid to Host Games of 2026 World Cup

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Forty-one cities across North America — six in Canada, three in Mexico and the rest in the United States — have submitted bids to host games of the 2026 World Cup. The United Bid Committee is expected to winnow the list to 20 to 25 cities before the end of the year. That number will again be trimmed to about a dozen.

“The host cities will help define the United Bid,” the committee’s executive director John Kristick said. “Each will offer the best facilities and infrastructure to stage the world’s biggest single-event sporting competition, the FIFA World Cup, and together they will play a key role in the development of the sport in North America. We’re thrilled with the submissions that we have received, especially each city’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, and we look forward to bringing the best group of candidate host cities together for our official United Bid.”

The tournament will expand to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Only one other country, Morocco, has notified FIFA that it plans to bid for the tournament. The joint bid among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. is a heavy favorite. FIFA is expected to announce its decision at its Congress next June.

The U.S. will host the lion’s share of the 2026 World Cup matches (60 of 80 games), including all games from the quarterfinals to the final. FIFA rules specify that World Cup stadiums have a capacity of at least 40,000; for the opening match and the final, it is 80,000.

Potential Bid Cities

City

Stadium

Capacity

Canada (6 cities)

Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium

56,335

Montréal, Québec Stade Olympique

61,004

Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium

24,341

Regina, Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium

30,048

Toronto, Ontario BMO Field

28,026

Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place

55,165

Mexico (3 cities)

Guadalajara, Jalisco Estadio Chivas

45,364

Mexico City Estadio Azteca

87,000

Monterrey, Nuevo León Estadio Rayados

52,237

United States (32 cities)

Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium

75,000

Baltimore M&T Bank Stadium

71,008

Birmingham, Ala. Legion Field

71,594

Boston (Foxborough, Mass.) Gillette Stadium

65,892

Charlotte Bank of America Stadium

75,400

Chicago Soldier Field

61,500

Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium

65,515

Cleveland FirstEnergy Stadium

68,710

Dallas Cotton Bowl

92,100

Dallas (Arlington, Tex.) AT&T Stadium

105,000

Denver Sports Authority Field at Mile High

76,125

Detroit Ford Field

65,000

Houston NRG Stadium

71,500

Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium

65,700

Jacksonville, Fla. EverBank Field

64,000

Kansas City, Mo. Arrowhead Stadium

76,416

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium

72,000

Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

78,500

Los Angeles (Inglewood, Calif.) LA Stadium at Hollywood Park

TBD

Los Angele (Pasadena, Calif.) Rose Bowl

87,527

Miami Hard Rock Stadium

65,767

Minneapolis U.S. Bank Stadium

63,000

Nashville Nissan Stadium

69,143

New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome

72,000

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, N.J.) MetLife Stadium

82,500

Orlando Camping World Stadium

65,000

Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field

69,328

Phoenix(Glendale, Ariz.) University of Phoenix Stadium

73,000

Pittsburgh Heinz Field

68,400

Salt Lake City Rice-Eccles Stadium

45,807

San Antonio Alamodome

72,000

San Francisco/San Jose (Santa Clara, Calif.) Levi’s Stadium

72,000

Seattle CenturyLink Field

69,000

Tampa Raymond James Stadium

73,309

Washington (Landover, Md. FedEx Field

82,000