FIFA intends to announce the venues for the 2026 World Cup at a press conference in New York on June 16.
Seventeen US stadiums in 16 regions remain in contention for the inaugural 48-team World Cup, with the Los Angeles area submitting both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of the World Cup final. World 1994. Three stadiums in Canada and Mexico should be used.
The bid plan called for a total of 16 venues for the tournament. FIFA targeted mid-May to announce venue selections, then pushed that back a month.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first with three co-hosts. FIFA selected the bid as joint host in June 2018.
Sixty games are to be played in the United States, including all from the quarterfinals. Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each.
Chicago, Minneapolis and Arizona dropped out in March 2018 due to what city officials said were heavy financial demands from FIFA. At the time, Charlotte, North Carolina; Vegas; Salt Lake City; and Tampa, Florida were cut.
FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, retired in April.
Montreal dropped out last August after the Quebec provincial government withdrew its support. He was replaced in April by Vancouver, British Columbia, who first made an offer in 2017 and then said in March 2018 that he had been rejected because he refused to comply with FIFA requirements, including tax exemptions and the establishment of agreements under Swiss law.
The remaining areas and stadiums:
Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium; Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium; Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium; Denver, Empower Field at Mile High; East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium; Foxborough, Mass., Gillette Stadium; Houston, NRG Stadium; Inglewood, California, SoFi Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium; Miami Gardens, Florida, Hard Rock Stadium; Nashville, Tennessee, Nissan Stadium; Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium; Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl; Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field; Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium; Seattle, Lumen Field.
Edmonton, Alberta, Commonwealth Stadium; Toronto, BMO Land; Vancouver, British Columbia, BC Place.
Guadalajara, Akron Stadium; Mexico City, Estadio Azteca; Monterrey, BBVA Stadium.
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