Today, the United 2026 World Cup bid committee, representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico, narrowed their list of bid venues that they will eventually present to FIFA next year as part of their bid for the tournament. It is expected that the final list for the bidwill include roughly 16-18 venues across the three nations for the 48-team, month-long tournament, with at least 12 venues hosting games should the United Bid be selected.
The new list of possible host cities:
Canada (4) - Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver
Mexico (3) - Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey,
United States (25) - Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, DC.
The list did not include the removal of venues in cities that have multiple venues up for bid, like Los Angeles or Dallas. Birmingham, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Regina, and San Antonio were the cities that were removed from the United Bid list. Many of the major cities that one would expect to be in the serious running for hosting World Cup matches are there. From here, it will be interesting to determine which cities make the final list that the United Bid includes with its proposal to FIFA in May.
What are your thoughts on the new host venue list for the 2026 World Cup?