Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Kansas City, Missouri were the newcomers to the 11 US venues selected to host 2026 World Cup matches, while Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida, were excluded.
Arlington, TX; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Inglewood and Santa Clara, California, were the remnants.
FIFA announced Thursday its selections for the first World Cup with three co-hosts, also choosing three Mexican cities and two in Canada.
America’s selections did not include any of the nine stadiums used in the 1994 World Cup. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Camping World Stadium in Orlando were the only ones left in contention, and they were among the sites abandoned during of the final round.
New stadiums were selected from five areas used in 1994. AT&T Stadium in Texas replaced the Cotton Bowl in Dallas; SoFi Stadium in Inglewood took over from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; and Levi’s Stadium instead of Stanford Stadium.
Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Masschusetts, replaced the demolished stadiums that were adjacent, Giants Stadium and Foxboro Stadium.
Orlando’s Camping World was abandoned among existing venues in 1994. The Detroit area, where the former Pontiac Silverdome hosted games, was cut in 2018, and Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium was abandoned after abandonment from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. RFK Stadium in Washington was used in 1994.
Chicago, which hosted the 1994 opener at Solider Field, declined to bid, citing FIFA’s economic demands.
Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, which hosted the 1970 and 1986 finals and would become the first stadium for three World Cups, was selected along with Estadio Akron in Guadalajara and Estadio BBVA in Monterrey.
BMO Field in Toronto and BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia were chosen while Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta was dropped.
The bid plan called for 60 games in the United States, including all from the quarterfinals, and 10 each in Mexico and Canada.
The specific sites for each round will be announced later.
Unlike the site’s 1992 announcement at a press conference, the 2026 announcement was made on a TV broadcast from Fox’s studio in Manhattan.
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