2026 World Cup venues unveiled: Iconic Rose Bowl out; Toronto, Vancouver in
The biggest sporting event on earth is coming to North America - and perhaps even to your town.
FIFA revealed the 16 stadiums that will stage 2026 World Cup matches across Canada, Mexico, and the United States during an official announcement in New York City on Thursday.
The complete list of host cities is as follows:
- Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)
- Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
- East Rutherford, N.J. (MetLife Stadium)
- Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
- Houston (NRG Stadium)
- Inglewood, Calif. (SoFi Stadium)
- Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
- Miami Gardens, Fla. (Hard Rock Stadium)
- Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
- Santa Clara, Calif. (Levi's Stadium)
- Seattle (Lumen Field)
- Toronto (BMO Field)
- Vancouver (BC Place)
- Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)
- Mexico City (Estadio Azteca)
- Monterrey (Estadio BBVA)
The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 national teams - expanding from the 32-team format that ran from 1998 to 2022 - and will feature 80 matches. The United States will host 60 of them, including the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final. Canada and Mexico will stage 10 games apiece.
This edition will mark the first time three countries have co-hosted the World Cup.
The iconic Rose Bowl, which hosted the men's World Cup final in 1994 and the women's World Cup in 1999, was one of the most surprising omissions from FIFA's 16 venues. SoFi Stadium, home to the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, was picked in its stead.
The other U.S. cities missing out on hosting the tournament are Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, and Orlando. None of the U.S. venues that hosted the 1994 World Cup will be utilized in 2026.
Edmonton was the sole Canadian bidder to miss out.
Mexico was successful with each of its three cities. The Estadio Azteca, which staged the 1970 and 1986 finals, is set to become the first stadium to host three men's World Cups.
No date has been provided for when FIFA will allocate the games for each venue. MetLife Stadium and SoFi Stadium are the early favorites to stage the final.