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World Cup 2026 host cities & stadiums

Tom Gott
MetLife Stadium is among the host venues
MetLife Stadium is among the host venues / Benjamin Solomon/GettyImages
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Preparations for the 2026 World Cup have ramped up with the revelation of the 16 lucky cities set to play host.

Split across the USA, Canada and Mexico, the 2026 World Cup is the first which will feature a whopping 48 teams, so there's going to be a lot of action to keep up with.

Let's take a look at the 16 stadiums where you will be able to catch the action.


United States

1. Atlanta - Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Orlando City SC v Atlanta United FC
Atlanta will play host / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

Team: Atlanta United
Capacity: 75,000

Kicking things off is Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which plays host to both MLS and NFL action on a regular basis.

It stands out with its circular, retractable roof and the countless pieces of contemporary art around the stadium.

2. Boston - Gillette Stadium

Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution
Gillette Stadium is another MLS/NFL stadium / Adam Glanzman/GettyImages

Team: New England Revolution
Capacity: 70,000

Opened in 2002, Gillette Stadium replaced one of the major grounds from the 1994 World Cup, Foxboro Stadium.

The Boston bid is centred around hosting one semi-final game, although fixtures have not yet been confirmed.

3. Dallas - AT&T Stadium

AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium has a rich history / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Team: Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
Capacity: 92,967

The biggest stadium in NFL, Dallas' AT&T Stadium has hosted some of the most glamorous and high-profile events in the country's sporting history.

The pitch may need to be widened to accommodate the World Cup playing surface, so that massive capacity may not end up being available.

4. Houston - NRG Stadium

Indianapolis Colts v Houston Texans
NRG Stadium has experience with football / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

Team: Houston Texans (NFL)
Capacity: 72,220

The only Manchester derby to be held outside of England took place in Houston's NRG Stadium in 2017.

It comes with its own retractable roof and a nice view of the famous Astrodome, which sits unused right next door.

5. Kansas City - Arrowhead Stadium

Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium will host some games / Jamie Squire/GettyImages

Team: Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)
Capacity: 76,640

The former home of Sporting Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium holds the record for the loudest-ever stadium.

A sound level of 142.2 dB was recorded during a 2014 NFL game - a record which is yet to be topped for a sports game.

6. Los Angeles - SoFi Stadium

Super Bowl LVI - Los Angeles Rams v Cincinnati Bengals
SoFi Stadium hosted the Super Bowl / Katelyn Mulcahy/GettyImages

Team: Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)

Capacity: 70,000

SoFi Stadium wasn't even including in the original World Cup bid but FIFA couldn't resist the glitz and glamour of LA's new $5bn complex.

The ground hasn't yet hosted a football match, however, with its first taste of MLS action coming in August for the MLS-Liga MX double-header.

7. Miami - Hard Rock Stadium

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins
Miami has hosted some of the game's top teams / Mark Brown/GettyImages

Team: Miami Dolphins (NFL), University of Miami
Capacity: 67,518

A recent $500m revamp has kept Hard Rock Stadium among the USA's elite stadiums.

Real Madrid and Barcelona squared off in a Clasico here in 2017, while the Super Bowl is a regular sight in Miami.

8. New York/New Jersey - MetLife Stadium

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Jets
MetLife Stadium has had a lot of action / Steven Ryan/GettyImages

Team: New York Giants (NFL), New York Jets (NFL)

Capacity: 87,157

It may only be 12 years old, but MetLife Stadium has an illustrious CV when it comes to hosting football matches.

International sides from across the globe have played friendlies there but it has also hosted massive events, ranging from the Super Bowl, to Wrestlemania and the 2010 lacrosse Big City Classic.

9. Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field

Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia has a unique stadium / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

Team: Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
Capacity: 69,328

Lincoln Financial Field is a zero-waste complex covered with solar panels and wind turbines.

It's also seen plenty of sporting action over the years, with Man Utd's friendly against Barcelona in 2003 the first event to take place there.

10. San Francisco Bay Area - Levi's Stadium

Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers
Levi's Stadium is as modern as they come / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages

Team: San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
Capacity: 70,909

As far as modernity goes, Levi's Stadium is up there with the best. It comes with its own massive cellular and Wi-Fi system, a stadium-specific app and, unbelievably, a rooftop farm.

The ground has played host to a number of US football matches as well as Super Bowl 50 and Wrestlemania 31.

11. Seattle - Lumen Field

Chicago Bears v Seattle Seahawks
Seattle's fans are among the loudest in MLS / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

Team: Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders (MLS), OL Reign (NWSL)
Capacity: 69,000

One of the best-attended stadiums in MLS, Lumen Field was actually built for the Seahawks but has built its reputation on raucous crowds watching the Sounders.

Man Utd & Barcelona are among the sides to have played here in the past.


Mexico

12. Guadalajara - Estadio Akron

Stadium
Chivas play at Estadio Akron / Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Team: Chivas
Capacity: 48,071

Estadio Akron was opened in 2010 when Chivas hosted Man Utd and Mexican icon Javier Hernandez played 45 minutes for each side.

It doesn't see a lot of top-tier international football but did play host to Mexico's Olympic qualifying and the 2011 U-17 World Cup.

13. Mexico City - Estadio Azteca

America v Pumas UNAM - Torneo Apertura 2021 Liga MX
The Azteca is as famous as they come / Hector Vivas/GettyImages

Team: Mexico national team, Club America, Cruz Azul
Capacity: 87,523

The Azteca is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Period. Diego Maradona's Hand of God came here in 1986, 16 years after Pele and Brazil's famous 1970 side took the World Cup by storm.

Its capacity used to be well over 100,000 but renovations to prepare it for future NFL games have seen that figure drop.

14. Monterrey - Estadio BBVA

Monterrey v Alianza - CONCACAF Champions League 2019
Monterrey play at Estadio BBVA / Azael Rodriguez/GettyImages

Team: Monterrey
Capacity: 53,460

Estadio BBVA is the newest major football stadium in Mexico.

Outside of Monterrey league games, it hasn't seen a whole lot of action, although it will host the CONCACAF W Championship in July.


Canada

15. Toronto - BMO Field

Bmo Field
BMO Field is expected to be expanded / Tom Szczerbowski/GettyImages

Team: Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
Capacity: 45,500 (planned)

There are expansion works planned at BMO Field which should take the stadium's capacity up a further 17,000 to around the 45,500 mark by the time the World Cup arrives.

Its hosted plenty of significant sporting events, including a lot of major youth international tournaments.

16. Vancouver - BC Place

TAG Heuer Ambassador Chris Hemsworth Attends Rugby Stevens Vancouver
BC Place was included late on / Andrew Chin/GettyImages

Team: Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS), BC Lions (CFL)
Capacity: 54,600

Canada declined to include BC Place in their initial bid because of the work needed to replace the turf with World Cup-suitable grass, only to eventually opt for bringing it in.

The 2015 Women's World Cup final was held here, as were a whole host of major sporting events.


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