All in all, 80 matches will be spread across the 20 venues, with the U.S. hosting 60 games -- including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final -- and Mexico/Canada each taking 10 matches. The venues are divided into three regions: EAST, CENTRAL and WEST and were announced in New York City on Thursday.
There are 11 host cities in the United States for 2026, responsible for hosting 60 games including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final: Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles' SoFi Stadium were all chosen to represent the WEST region. In the CENTRAL region, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City were all selected. In the EAST, Boston, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami completed the U.S. contingent of cities for the 2026 World Cup.
Venue: Lumen Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134Capacity: 69,000 (forecasted 61,812 for the World Cup)When did it open: 2002Field of play dimensions: 105 meters x 68 metersPro teams that play here: Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders (MLS), OL Reign (NWSL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: Quarterfinal, third-place gameDespite being built for the Seattle Seahawks, Lumen Field already has a reputation as one of the best and loudest soccer venues in the U.S. thanks to the exceptional support of the Seattle Sounders. The MLS side has only seen its status as the best-attended team in the league threatened during recent years of expansion, though Lumen Field continues to remain one of the most boisterous and best-attended stadiums in MLS. The open-air stadium has a partial roof that covers 70% of seats and traps in noise.
Venue: Levi's Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054Capacity: 70,909When did it open: 2014Field dimensions: 105 meters x 68 metersPro teams that play here: San Francisco 49ers (NFL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: SemifinalFittingly for its location in Silicon Valley, Levi's Stadium is one of the most modern, technically advanced sports arenas in the world. It boasts a "best-in-class" cellular and Wi-Fi infrastructure and holds LEED Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council for both new construction and operations and maintenance -- the first stadium in the NFL to hold both certificates. There's even an organic rooftop farm and an in-stadium app. Not bad for a reported cost of $1.3 billion.
Major events hosted here: Beyond soccer games -- the ground has hosted MLS matches, friendlies, Copa America games, the International Champions Cup, the Gold Cup final and the U.S. women's national team's send-off ahead of the 2019 World Cup -- Levi's Stadium has become one of the premier event destinations on the West Coast. Super Bowl 50 took place here, as did WrestleMania 31, it was the site of the 2015 NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks, and it's included in bids for the 2031 Men's Rugby World Cup and the women's edition in 2033.
Venue: SoFi Stadium, 1001 Stadium Dr., Inglewood, CA 90301Capacity: 70,000When did it open: 2021Field of play dimensions: TBDPro teams that play here: Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: N/AFor a $5 billion price tag, one would think the newest stadium on this list would have a wide enough field for a World Cup match. But aside from that pending issue, the home to two NFL teams dazzles the senses with its circular double-sided video screen that hangs overhead. There's never a shortage of celebrities mingling in the stands, and in 2022, the Rams became the second NFL team to win a Super Bowl in its home stadium (a feat accomplished by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the year prior).
Venue Name: AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011Capacity: 92,967When did it open: 2009Field of play dimensions: 105 meters x 68 metersPro teams that play here: Dallas Cowboys (NFL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: Semifinal, finalWith its distinctive retractable roof (and its dubious glare-inducing windows), the home of the Cowboys has always packed plenty of shine and star power since opening in 2009. It hosted Super Bowl XIV in 2011 between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, which remains second-most-attended NFL title game with over 103,000 spectators. There have been reports that the field will have to be somehow widened for World Cup matches, and like many of the U.S.-based stadiums, it will need grass installed over the turf to satisfy FIFA requirements.
Venue: NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Parkway, Houston, TX 77054Capacity: 72,220When did it open: 2002Field of play dimensions: 105 meters x 68 metersPro teams that play here: Houston Texans (NFL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: Quarterfinal, third-place matchIt's safe to say that a World Cup match has yet to be played a stadium that is also home to a livestock and rodeo show, but hey it's Texas. But the home of the Houston Texans has also seen plenty of soccer (plus two of Tom Brady's Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots) since opening in 2002.
Major events hosted here: NRG Stadium has put on a show for two Super Bowls (including the Patriots' remarkable comeback vs. the Falcons in 2017), myriad Gold Cup matches (2005-2011), the 2010 MLS All-Star Game and even three games of the 2016 Copa America Centenario: When Argentina beat the USMNT 4-0, it was notable for Lionel Messi notching the goal that made him his nation's all-time leading scorer.
Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, One Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129Capacity: 76,640When did it open: 1972Field of play dimensions: 105 meters x 68 metersPro teams that play here: Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: Quarterfinal, third-round gameKansas City sits firmly in the American midwest and is a hub for a lot of things: it was the start of pioneering trails west to Oregon, California and Santa Fe, and it was a place that ignored the prohibition laws of the 1920s to become a top city for jazz and entertainment. The sports teams aren't bad, either: the KC Royals won the baseball World Series in 2015, while the NFL's Chiefs have won back-to-back AFC Championships (2019, 2020) and the 2019 Super Bowl thanks to the play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The city's MLS team, Sporting Kansas City, were a founding member of the league back in 1996 and boast two MLS Cups (2000, 2013) and four U.S. Open Cups.
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1 AMB Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313Capacity: 75,000 (forecasted 65,085 for the World Cup)When did it open: 2017Field of play dimensions: 105 meters x 68 metersPro teams that play here: Atlanta United (MLS), Atlanta Falcons (NFL)Round of World Cup games proposed in bid: SemifinalAs one of the newer venues on this list, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a modern feel and plenty of amenities. The innovative "video halo board" provides 360 degrees of viewing angles and is the largest stadium video display in the world. With another world-topping 2,000-plus TV screens and 1,800 wireless access points, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has technology built into its design. But with transparent materials around much of the stadium's exterior, including the 22,664-square-foot "Window to the City," the outside world doesn't feel too far away.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of the largest home stadiums for an MLS club, but that hasn't dampened the atmosphere at games for Atlanta United, a team that drew an average of more than 50,000 before the pandemic and continues top the list for average attendance in MLS. With a canopy over all the seating and a retractable roof over the field, the stadium holds in sound and buzzes with atmosphere. The 2018 MLS Cup, which Atlanta United won, is a testament to the raucous atmosphere this stadium can deliver.
Major events hosted here: Where to begin? In recent years, Super Bowl 53 in 2019, the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2018 and MLS Cup 2018 are just three showpiece games inside the dome. Mercedes-Benz Stadium has also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2018, with the MLS team losing on penalties to Italian giants Juventus, and a handful of Mexico friendlies since 2019.
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056Capacity: 67,518When did it open: 1987Field of play dimensions: 105 m x 68 mTeams that play here: Miami Dolphins (NFL), University of Miami, hosts of the annual Orange BowlRound of World Cup games proposed in bid: QuarterfinalMiami's diverse, rich history has a lot to do with soccer, with the "Magic City" having a team in virtually every pro soccer league that's popped up in the U.S., starting with the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the 1960s through to Major League Soccer in the 2020s with the arrival of David Beckham's Inter Miami CF (currently playing in nearby Ft. Lauderdale).
Major events hosted here: The city is no stranger to major events in several sports. Hard Rock Stadium hosted a Clasico between LaLiga powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona in 2017, as well as the NFL's Super Bowl (hosting six times), the NFL's Pro Bowl (2010) and several college football national championship games since 2001. In 2022, it hosted F1's inaugural Miami Grand Prix, with a temporary track built around the venue. 2b1af7f3a8