Every Host Stadium For The 2026 World Cup
The 2026 Men’s World Cup host cities and stadiums have officially been announced20 June 2022
1994 seems like a very long time ago, but the influence of the World Cup that year is still being felt in the United States today, particularly when you look at the growth of Major League Soccer. Now they’re set to get another tournament, only this time they’re set to share hosting duties with Canada and Mexico. The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament hosted by three nations and also the first that will expand to 48 teams in the competition. 60 games are set to be played in the United States, while Mexico and Canada will each get 10 matches. Once the tournament reaches the quarterfinal stage, all remaining knockout round games will be held in the U.S. So let’s take a look at each host stadium…
Name: MetLife Stadium
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Trivia: Built in 2010, the stadium hosts the New York Giants and New York Jets. MetLife has also hosted plenty of “soccer”, including the 2016 Copa América final between Chile and Argentina.
Name: AT&T Stadium
Trivia: Usually reserved for NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the record attendance at this place is actually 105,000
Name: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Trivia: Opened in August 2017, it’s the home of both the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS side Atlanta United – a rare ground share on this list between football and soccer.
Name: SoFi Stadium
Location: Los Angeles
Capacity: 70,000 (expandable up to 100,240 for major events)
Trivia: Home of the NFL’s LA Rams and LA Chargers, the ground features a fixed roof, but will need work ahead of the 2026 World Cup, as the pitch is not currently big enough for a Soccer match.
Name: Lincoln Financial Field
Trivia: Known as simply "The Linc”, it’s the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, although it opened in 2003 with a match between Manchester United and Barcelona.
Name: Levi’s Stadium
Location: Santa Clara, California
Trivia: In July 2016, Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, converted 6,500 square feet (600 m2) of the green roof to an organically maintained rooftop farm, where it produces herbs, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, leafy greens and edible flowers, which are harvested for use in dishes served in the Stadium’s eateries.
Name: NRG Stadium
Trivia: At night, the building appears to glow from within due to the stadium’s retractable fabric roof and expansive areas of glazing.
Name: Lumen Field
Trivia: One of a handful of soccer-specific stadiums to feature on this list, it is home to Seattle Sounders FC of MLS and OL Reign of the NWSL. Its record attendance currently stands at 69,274 for the 2019 MLS Cup.
Name: Hard Rock Stadium
Trivia: Home of the Miami Dolphins, the stadium originally opened in 1987 and has hosted six Super Bowls. The grounds currently have a temporary racing circuit used for Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix.
Name: Arrowhead Stadium
Location: Kansas City
Trivia: Known for being extremely loud and holds the Guinness World Record for noise level by a crowd at 142.2 decibels.
Name: Gillette Stadium
Trivia: The second ground share between NFL and MLS, with New England Patriots rubbing shoulders with New England Revolution – although the former may hold sway; they’ve sold out every home game since moving to the stadium – preseason, regular season, and playoffs.
Name: BMO Field
Trivia: The smallest venue on the list, it is expected to expand to a 45,000 capacity by 2026. It is the home ground of MLS side Toronto FC.
Name: BC Place
Trivia: Home of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, BC Place hosted multiple matches in the 2015 Women's World Cup, including the final.
Name: Estadio Azteca
Location: Mexico City
Trivia: Historic. Among numerous other things it was the location of the famous Argentina-England match that gave the world both Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal and Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” in the span of four minutes. Currently hosts home games of Club América, Cruz Azul and the Mexico national football team.
Name: Estadio Akron
Trivia: The iconic part of this stadium is its hill-like shape. Concrete shell cast on site was covered with 70,000 m2 of grass to create a dynamic and yet fluent connection with surrounding landscape.
Name: Estadio BBVA
Trivia: Although referred to as being in Monterrey, the stadium actually stands in Guadalupe, and it boasts some breathtaking views of the Monumento Natural Cerro de la Silla – great if the action on the pitch is a bit flat.
And that's that. The countdown to kick-off is on...