23 Stadiums for 2026 World Cup | Canada, USA, and Mexico

The 2026 World Cup will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men’s football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. 2026 World Cup stadium is meant to be carefully selected sinceit will be hosted by 3 countries.

According to the United 2026 bid, the game will be hosted 3 The tournament will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in countries, United state of American, Canada and Mexico which are North American countries. It is important to note that, this is the first time in history that the FIFA world cup will be jointly hosted.

However, in the game OUT of eighty matches that will be played, sixty (60) will be hosted in United state while the remaining twenty (20) will be hosted in Canada and Mexico with each country hosting 10 Matches.

While the soccer federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States had individually announced plans to field a bid for the 2026 World Cup, the concept of a joint bid among the three North American countries was first proposed in 2016.

Further, a list of 23 candidate cities was named in the official bid, with 17 in the U.S., 3 in Canada, and 3 in Mexico.

Ten U.S. candidate cities will join three Canadian candidate cities, and three Mexican candidate cities, to form the roster of 16 cities that will host the matches of this World Cup.

It is expected FIFA will approve all of the Mexican and Canadian stadiums but whittle the American hosts down to ten.

Here are all of the potential venues that have been submitted to FIFA.

2026 World Cup

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, the 2026 World Cup hosting bid was awarded to a joint-bid by United States, Mexico and Canada.

The countdown is officially underway, with just over 2,900 days until the start of the 2026 World Cup, it’s never to early to start planning if you want to attend some of the matches. The tournament field is expanding to 48 teams, which means there will be 80 games in all, with 60 of them in the United States, while Mexico and Canada split the other 20. 

The USA has submitted 17 venues, while Mexico and Canada have submitted three each. And the World Cup final is expected to take place at MetLife Stadium because it is known as the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

USA Stadiums

The United States will host the other 60, including all the quarterfinals, Semifinal and final. Here is a brief fact about each of the seventeen stadiums of the twenty-three host venues that were initially suggested.

The Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl (Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl) is one of the standardized stadiums in American. It is mainly used for outdoor athletic, And also, it is located in Pasadena, California, a northeast suburb of Los Angeles.

In 1994 two years after it was opened, it was used as the venue for the final of the World Cup 1994 hosted by the USA. it’s no major surprise to see its name on the list of possible grounds that will be used in 2026.  Furthermore, it is the highest stadium in the USA in capacity aspect.

City Located: Los Angeles

Expandable: 88,432

Date Opened: 26th of October 1922

Capacity: 92,888

Metlife Stadium    

Metlife Stadium

Metlife Stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, outside of New York City.was formally known as New Meadowlands Stadium before Metlife insurance company ( a joint venture of the Giants and Jets) bought to right to rename it the year after.

It is one of only two sports venues in the states that host two major teams from the same sport, with the Staples Center being the other.

Currently, Metlife stadium serves as the home stadium for two National Football League (NFL) franchises: the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

The 2026 Semifinal world cup might be hosted
there.

City Located: New York

Expandable:  87,157

Capacity: 82,500

Date Opened: 10th of April 2010

FedExField Stadium

FedExField Stadium is an American football stadium located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, U.S and was formerly Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. It is the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). These its multi-functional uses make it an option for 2026 world cup.

City Located: Washington DC

Expandable: 91,704

Capacity: 82,000

Date Opened: 14th September 1997

Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, United States is an American football stadium that its core aim is to serve as the home venue of the baseball team the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL).

It is part of the Truman Sports Complex with adjacent Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

However, it is known as the 27th largest stadium in the United States and the sixth-largest NFL stadium. It is also the largest sports facility by capacity in the state of Missouri. These features qualify it as an option stadium for world cup 2026 game.

City Located: Kansas City

Capacity: 76,416

Date Opened: 12th of August 1972

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, United States – October 21, 2020: Aerial view of the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium located just east of downtown Dallas, Texas in the city of Arlington.

AT&T Stadium located in Arlington, Texas, United States was formerly Cowboys Stadium, is It is a retractable roof stadium that can be used for a variety of other activities such as concerts, basketball games, college and high school football contests, rodeos and motocross and Spartan races. These its multi-functional uses make it an option for 2026 world cup.

However, It serves as the home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and was completed on May 27, 2009. The construction of the stadium cost  $1.15 billion.

City Located: Texas

Expandable: 105,000

Capacity: 80,000

Date Opened: 27th May 2009

Broncas Stadium

Broncas Stadium

Broncos Stadium located in Denver, Colorado is an American football stadium was formally known as Invesco Field at Mile High and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The stadium is very beautiful and is the home of the National Football League team the Denver Broncos. Since it was opened only one football match has been hosted there which was Manchester Played AS Roma 2014.

So the 2026 World cup match is likely going to be the second match that will be hosted there if it is been selected apart from the Mexico-Canada and Cuba- Martinique that was hosted there on 19 June 2019.

When it first opened to replace Mile High Stadium it was known as the Invesco Field because of sponsorship Later in 2011, before Sports Authority secured

City Located: Denver                                                                     

Expandable: 91,704

Capacity: 76,125

Date Opened: 10th September 2001

NRG Stadium 

NRG Stadium

NRG Stadium located in Houston, Texas, United States and formally known as Reliant Stadium, is an American stadium and one of the selected Stadiums for 2026 world cup. It is a multi-purpose stadium and the home of the NFL Houston Texans, the Texas Bowl, and other events in United States.

Aside, that it has a chance of been selected as one of the stadiums for world cup 2026 because it has a retractable roof which is a unique feature that will be useful for the world cup game.

City Located: Houston

Capacity:  71,795

Expandable: 72,220

Date Opened: August 24, 2002.

M&T Bank Stadium

M&T Bank Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the home of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

M&T Bank Stadium officially opened in 1998, and is currently one of the most praised stadiums in the NFL for fan amenities, ease of access, concessions and other facilities.

City Located: Houston

Capacity:  71,795

Expandable: 72,220

Date Opened: August 24, 2002.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States replaced the Georgia Dome.

It serves as the home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS).

It replaced the Georgia Dome, the Falcons’ home stadium from 1992 until 2016. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium claimed the record for the world’s largest video board and was built with air-conditioner interior.

City Located: Georgia

Capacity: 83,000

Expandable: 72,220

Date Opened: 26th August 2017

Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States is an American football stadium that serves as the home stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University. it was built to replace Veterans Stadium.

City Located: Pennsylvania

Capacity:  71,795

Expandable: 69,328

Date Opened: August 3, 2003

Nissan Stadium 

Nissan Stadium

Nissan Stadium located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States is an American football stadium selected for 2026 world cup match. However, it serves as a field of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL) and the Tennessee State Tigers of Tennessee State University. It was once known as Adelphia Coliseum, The Coliseum, and LP Field.

City Located: Tennessee

Capacity: 69,143

Expandable: 75,000

Date Opened: August 24, 1999.

CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium located in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). Originally called Seahawks Stadium, it became Qwest Field on June 2004, when telecommunications carrier Qwest acquired the naming rights. 

Most interestingly, its location gives it a chance of been selected as one of the stadiums to be used for the 2026 world Cup game because Seattle city is one of the cities that takes football very seriously.

City Located: Seattle

Capacity: 69,000

Expandable: 72,000

Date Opened: July 28, 2002

Levi’s Stadium

Levi’s Stadium is located in Santa Clara, California. It has served as the home field for the National Football League (NFL)’s San Francisco 49ers since 2014. The stadium is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of San Francisco.

Levi’s Stadium has had several issues with its field, but it would be remiss to exclude the San Francisco community. The bay city is great from a touristic standpoint, and despite its grassy troubles, the stadium has hosted a multitude of events including WrestleMania and Liverpool v AC Milan.

City Located:   Santa Clara

Capacity:   68,500

Expandable: 75,000

Date Opened: July 17, 2014

Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Rhode Island serves as the home stadium and administrative offices for both the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS).

It continued to serve as a part-time home venue for higher attendance Umass games through the 2018 season.
The facility was built in 2002 to replace Foxboro Stadium. The stadium is owned and operated by Kraft Sports Group, a subsidiary of The Kraft Group.

City Located: Foxborough

Capacity: 65,878

Expandable: 72,220

Date Opened: 11 May 2002.

Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home venue of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League and opened on August 19, 2000.

Named after the Bengals’ founder Paul Brown, the stadium is located on approximately 22 acres (8.9 ha) of land and has a listed seating capacity of 65,515.

City Located: Cincinnati

Capacity: 65,515

Date Opened: August 19, 2000.

Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida is a multipurpose football stadium and also known as Miami Hurricanes. It is the home field of the Miami Dolphins. Moreso, the stadium was used to hosts an annual college football bowl game.

It was the home to the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball. The stadium has hosted five Super Bowls, the 2010 Pro Bowl, two World Series, four BCS National Championship Games, and other various activities.

City Located: Miami

Capacity:  64,767

Expandable: 67,518

Date Opened: 16 August 1987

Camping World Stadium

Located in Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium is a stadium that has been used to host numerous teams over the years including the likes of the Orlando City SC football team and the Orlando Panthers American football side.

Although it is one of the oldest stadiums, it has been renovated so many times. Also, the stadium is owned and managed by the City of Orlando owns

It is also the regular host of other college football games including the Florida Classic between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, and the Camping World Kickoff. 

City Located: Orlando

Capacity:  60,219

Expandable: 65,194

Date Opened: 1936

MEXICO

It’s the third time a men’s World Cup game will be played on Mexican soil. For 2026 World Cup, Mexico offered three potential stadiums. the stadiums includes

ESTADIO AZTECA 

ESTADIO AZTECA

The Estadio Azteca is a multi purpose stadium located in Mexico City. It is the official home of football club Club América, and the Mexico national football team. The stadium sits at an altitude of 7,200 feet above sea level. With an official capacity of 87,523, it is the largest stadium in Mexico.

City Located: Mexico City

Capacity: 87,523

Date Opened: 29TH May, 1966

ESTADIO BBVA BANCOMER

One of Mexico’s most modern stadiums is the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Guadalupe. Owned and operated by the beverage company FEMSA, it is sponsored by BBVAThe stadium is eco-friendly, with more than a third of its total area being what are known as ‘green areas’.

It is also connected to the nearby New Ecological Park by a wooded pathway. It is the home of Club de Fútbol Monterrey, the oldest professional side in Mexico. It replaced their former home, the Estadio Tecnológico, when it opened in 2015.

City Located: Guadalupe

Capacity:  53,500

Expandable: 65,194

Date Opened: 2nd of August 2015

ESTADIO AKRON 

ESTADIO AKRON

The Estadio Akron located in Mexico City is a multipurpose stadium that is used mostly for football matches. The stadium was formerly known as the Estadio Omnilife and Estadio Chivas. It was the first stadium to host three World Cup finals when it was used as the venue for the last match of both the 1970 version of the tournament and the one in 1986.

City Located: Mexico City

Capacity:  60,219

Expandable: 65,194

Date Opened: 1936

Canada

Last but not least in the triumvirate of countries offering host venues for the 2026 World Cup is America’s closest geographical neighbour, Canada. Canada will become the fifth to host both men’s and women’s tournaments.

OLYMPIC STADIUM

OLYMPIC STADIUM

Located in Montreal’s Olympic Park, the Olympic Stadium is known as the best of the three Canadian stadium. This is because of its structure, which is integrated because of its roof. It is a true field of difference, having taken on different events during the 1976 Summer Olympics.

The stadium was used to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, as well as many different sports.

City Located: Montreal

Capacity:   61,004

Expandable: 73,000

Date Opened: 17 of July 1976

COMMONWEALTH STADIUM 

COMMONWEALTH STADIUM

Located in Edmonton, the Commonwealth Stadium is known as the oldest stadium ever in Canada. The stadium is also known as The Brick Field is Canada Largest space. Unfortunately, the roof could not be opened and when the roof that could be completed was finally built, the fence broke. Then the Olympic Stadium is facing a huge loss and will have to put up its roof and be fully operational before the World Cup 2026.

Nine different FIFA World Cup matches have taken place so far, so the competition would not be entirely new for the stadium if it were selected for 2026.

City Located: Orlando

Capacity:   56,302

Date Opened: 15th of July 1978

BMO Field

BMO Field

BMO Field is located in Toronto. The Canadian football team, the Toronto Argonauts, also play their games here and have some exercise to be used as a kind of World Cup; The U-20 World Cup in 2007 and the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2014 played games in the gym.

It has received the finals of the MLS Cup three times so far, including seven rugby competitions during the Pan American Games of 2015. It has been expanded several times and had been added to the bandTurf until it was replaced by grass in 2010.

City Located: Toronto

Capacity: 30,000

Expandable: 45,500

Date Opened: 28th of April 2007

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