Venues in 17 cities across the US – plus six in Mexico and Canada – are bidding to host soccer World Cup games.
NEW YORK — A look at the 23 venues bidding to host football matches at the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is the NFL’s largest venue. The stadium, which opened in 2009, has a retractable roof and an artificial surface. Its capacity is about 93,000, but the stadium set an attendance record of more than 105,000 for an NFL game the year it opened. It also hosted the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. The nearby city of Dallas hosted the 1994 World Series games at the Cotton Bowl.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of three NFL-MLS venues. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United both play home games at the stadium, which opened in 2017 and seats around 75,000. The stadium has a retractable roof and an artificial surface. It was set to host college basketball’s 2020 Final Four, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
M&T Bank Stadium is another NFL stadium that hosts games for the Baltimore Ravens. The stadium, which opened in 1998, offers around 71,000 seats and a grass area. Baltimore is about 40 miles from Washington, where RFK Stadium hosted 1994 World Cup games.
One of only three NFL stadiums not named after a sponsor, Paul Brown Stadium is home to the Cincinnati Bengals. The stadium is named for Bengals founder Paul Brown, who previously founded the Cleveland Browns. Brown died in 1991. The stadium opened in 2000 and has a seating capacity of about 67,000 with an artificial surface.
From football to soccer to rugby league, Empower Field at Mile High has hosted it all. The venue, which replaced the old Mile High Stadium, opened in 2001 and has a capacity of about 77,000 with a grass field. It is the home stadium of the Denver Broncos but has also hosted Gold Cup and Nations League games in the CONCACAF region. In 2018, England defeated New Zealand 36-18 in a rugby league match.
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Across the Hudson River from New York, MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 as a replacement for Giants Stadium. Both the New York Jets and New York Giants play NFL games at the venue, which has approximately 87,000 seating capacity and an artificial surface. The previous stadium hosted several matches of the 1994 World Cup and the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
Commonwealth Stadium opened in 1978, just weeks before Edmonton hosted the Commonwealth Games. The stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 56,000. It is the home stadium of the CFL’s Edmonton Elks. It has an artificial surface. The stadium hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup matches and also served as the venue for the 2001 World Athletics Championships.
The Boston suburb of Foxborough hosted the 1994 World Cup games, but Gillette Stadium is another venue built near the old Foxboro Stadium. The new venue opened in 2002 and has a seating capacity of approximately 70,000. The artificial surface stadium hosts New England Patriots home football and New England Revolution football. The city is approximately 30 miles south of Boston and 21 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island.
Estadio Akron, which is primarily used for football, opened in 2010 and hosted the Copa Libertadores finals that year and the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games. Mexican football club Chivas play their home games at the venue, which has a capacity of around 48,000 has and a lawn area. The city hosted games at both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, but at a different stadium.
NRG Stadium hosts football, soccer, and even rodeo. Opened in 2002, the stadium is the home of the Houston Texans and has hosted World Cup qualifiers for the United States. But it also serves as a venue for some of the Mexico national team’s friendlies. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is also held annually at the stadium, which has approximately 72,000 seating capacity and an artificial surface. The retractable roof and air conditioning will be important given the summer heat and humidity in the area.
The city of Los Angeles has two contenders for the World Cup and one of them is the newest on the list, SoFi Stadium. Built on the Hollywood Park RaceTrack site and opened in 2020, the stadium is home to both the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. It has a seating capacity of about 70,000, an artificial surface and a fixed roof.
Kansas City, Missouri
Arrowhead Stadium is home to the Kansas City Chiefs. The stadium opened in 1972 and has undergone several renovations, most recently in 2010. Capacity is approximately 76,000, making it the sixth-largest NFL stadium. The stadium is famous for its noise recordings, with opposing teams sometimes having trouble communicating because of the noise. It has a lawn.
The Estadio Azteca was the first stadium to host two World Cup finals when Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 in the title fight in 1986. It previously hosted the final of the 1970 tournament when Brazil beat Italy 4-1 – with Pelé scoring the first goal. Perhaps even more famous was the 1986 quarterfinal match at the stadium between Argentina and England when Diego Maradona scored a goal by putting the ball in the net. The stadium opened in 1966 and has a capacity of approximately 87,000 with grass pitch. However, the record attendance for football is said to be 119,853.
Miami Gardens, Fla
Located in suburban Miami, Hard Rock Stadium hosts both NFL and college football games. The Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami both play in the venue, which has an approximately 67,000-seat capacity, a lawned area and a roof that covers spectators but is open over the field. The stadium opened in 1987 and also hosts tennis tournaments.
One of the newer stadiums in the competition, Estadio BBVA opened in 2015 and features a grass pitch. The Mexican club Monterrey play their home games in the stadium. Seating capacity is approximately 53,000. Three games at the 1986 World Cup were played in Monterrey, but at the Estadio Tecnológico.
Nissan Stadium has some experience with football. The stadium hosted group matches during the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was also the venue for World Cup qualifiers. The stadium opened in 1999 and has a capacity of approximately 70,000. It has a lawn and also serves as the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, who have begun planning for a new stadium.
The proposed Orlando venue has World Cup experience. Known then as the Citrus Bowl, the 65,000-seat stadium hosted the 1994 World Cup games. Two years later, the stadium also hosted Olympic soccer games when the 1996 games were held near Atlanta. The stadium was opened in 1936 and expanded several times. It has an artificial surface.
The second candidate in Los Angeles is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. The Rose Bowl hosted the 1994 World Cup final when Brazil defeated Italy on penalties. Perhaps more famous was the 1999 Women’s World Cup final, when Brandi Chastain scored the winning goal for the United States against China and then removed her jersey in celebration. The stadium, with a capacity of about 88,000 spectators and a grass field, has been the site of many other events since it opened in 1922, including cycling at the 1932 Olympic Games.
Lincoln Financial Field opened in 2003 and its first event was a football match between Manchester United and Barcelona. The stadium serves as the home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University. The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final was played at the stadium as Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1. The stadium seats almost 70,000 spectators and has an artificial surface.
Santa Clara, California
About 40 miles south of San Francisco, Levi’s Stadium opened in 2014 and has since hosted several major football games, including the Super Bowl in 2016. It serves as the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium has a capacity of approximately 71,000 and is grass field.
Lumen Field is home to two professional football teams and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Opened in 2002, the 69,000 capacity stadium is home to the Seattle Sounders of the MLS and the OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network records tremors in the stadium caused by the crowd. The stadium has an artificial surface.
BMO Field is home to the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and Toronto FC of the MLS. Originally built as a football stadium, it has hosted several international events since opening in 2007, including men’s and women’s U20 World Cup matches and rugby matches. In 2010, it was the first venue outside of the United States to host the MLS Cup. The stadium also hosted matches for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. It has a capacity of approximately 28,000 and is a hybrid footprint and the tender is for an expansion to approximately 45,000.
Vancouver, British Columbia
BC Place opened in 1983 and has served as the home of the CFL’s BC Lions since its dedication. The stadium also hosts home games for MLS’ Vancouver Whitecaps. The stadium has a capacity of around 54,000 spectators and was last renovated in 2011. It has an artificial grass surface.
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