2026 World Cup Bid Considers 44 Cities, Mexico Is Pretty Much Decided

The joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico will consider 49 stadiums in 44 cities for the 2026 World Cup.

The United Bid Committee, the organizers of the joint 2026 World Cup bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, announced the 49 stadiums and 44 cities across the three countries that are currently being considered for the event. With 20-25 venues anticipated in the final decision, there’s certainly a lot for the committee to consider before submitting their final bid by March 16, 2018.

Of the 44 cities being considered, thirty-four are in the United States, seven are in Canada and three are in Mexico. The original plan calls for the U.S. to host 60 matches, while Canada and Mexico will both host 10. Accordingly, you can surmise that Mexico’s portion of the bid is already pretty clear.

The three cities in Mexico are Guadalajara (Estadio Chivas), Mexico City (Estadio Azteca) and Monterrey (Estadio Rayados). In the United States, 31 of the NFL’s 32 teams have their stadiums on the list, including Green Bay’s historic Lambeau Field. No MLS soccer-specific stadiums in the United States are being considered, but BMO Field and Stade Saputo make the list in Canada. 

But this whole process could all be made redundant if Morocco, the lone opponent to the joint bid, are handed the 2026 World Cup.


As per ussoccer.com, here are all the stadiums and cities currently being considered: 

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

Atlanta, GA

Mercedes-Benz Stadium - 75,000

Baltimore, MD

M&T Bank Stadium - 71,008

Birmingham, AL

Legion Field - 71,594

Boston, MA (Foxborough, MA)

Gillette Stadium - 65,892

Charlotte, NC

Bank of America Stadium - 75,400

Chicago, IL

Soldier Field - 61,500

Cincinnati, OH

Paul Brown Stadium - 65,515

Cleveland, OH

FirstEnergy Stadium - 68,710

Dallas, TX

Cotton Bowl - 92,100

AT&T Stadium - 105,000

Denver, CO

Sports Authority Field at Mile High - 76,125

Detroit, MI

Ford Field - 65,000

Green Bay, WI

Lambeau Field - 81,441

Houston, TX

NRG Stadium - 71,500

Indianapolis, IN

Lucas Oil Stadium - 65,700

Jacksonville, FL

EverBank Field - 64,000

Kansas City, MO

Arrowhead Stadium - 76,416

Las Vegas, NV

Raiders Stadium - 72,000

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 78,500

LA Stadium at Hollywood Park - TBD

Rose Bowl - 87,527

Miami, FL

Hard Rock Stadium - 65,767

Minneapolis, MN

U.S. Bank Stadium - 63,000

Nashville, TN

Nissan Stadium - 69,143

New Orleans, LA

Mercedes-Benz Superdome - 72,000

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ)

MetLife Stadium - 82,500

Orlando, FL

Camping World Stadium - 65,000

Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln Financial Field - 69,328

Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ)

University of Phoenix Stadium - 73,000

Pittsburgh, PA

Heinz Field - 68,400

Salt Lake City, UT

Rice-Eccles Stadium - 45,807

San Antonio, TX

Alamodome - 72,000

San Diego, CA

Qualcomm Stadium - 71,500

San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA)

Levi’s Stadium - 75,000

Seattle, WA

CenturyLink Field - 69,000

Tampa, FL

Raymond James Stadium - 73,309

Washington, DC (Landover, MD)

FedEx Field - 82,000


Canada (7 cities, 9 stadiums)

Calgary, Alberta

McMahon Stadium - 35,650

Edmonton, Alberta

Commonwealth Stadium - 56,335

Montréal, Québec

Stade Olympique - 61,004

Stade Saputo - 20,801

Ottawa, Ontario

TD Place Stadium - 24,341

Regina, Saskatchewan

Mosaic Stadium - 30,048

Toronto, Ontario

Rogers Centre - 53,506

BMO Field - 28,026

Vancouver, British Columbia

BC Place - 55,165


Mexico (3 cities, 3 stadiums)

Guadalajara, Jalisco

Estadio Chivas - 45,364

Mexico City

Estadio Azteca - 87,000

Monterrey, Nuevo León

Estadio Rayados - 52,237

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