SoFi Stadium in Inglewood has been selected to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA announced on Thursday.
SoFi Stadium, the world’s most expensive stadium at more than $5 billion, hosted February’s Super Bowl and has long been a favorite of FIFA officials, although the artificial turf pitch is too narrow to accommodate a World Cup pitch . Modifications need to be made to the pitch to accommodate a World Cup game.
The World Cup field will grow to a record 48 teams and 80 games by 2026. All matches will be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico – the first time three countries have hosted matches during a single World Cup. 60 games will be played at 11 venues across the United States, with the other 20 being split equally between Mexico and Canada. The Mexico-hosted games will be played in Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City, while the Canadian host cities are Vancouver and Toronto.
The Rose Bowl was not among the five West Coast venues selected for 2026. The only other men’s world championship, held in the United States in 1994, hosted eight games, including the final, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Rose Bowl was also the site of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Finals.
Venues of the 2026 World Cup
New York / New Jersey
This is an evolving story. The Times will soon be reporting more on the venues chosen to host the 2026 World Cup games.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2022-06-16/world-cup-2026-stadiums-locations-venues-rose-bowl-sofi-stadium World Cup 2026 stadiums: SoFi Stadium among the venues