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2026 World Cup Host City Bids Submitted

41 Cities in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico up for consideration

United States v Costa Rica: Semifinal - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

March 16, 2018 is a date that looms large in the future of American soccer. It isn’t because there is a crucial World Cup qualifier or exciting international friendly scheduled that day though. Rather, March of next year is when 2026 World Cup bids are due to FIFA. In preparation for the bid, United 2026, the name chosen for the joint effort of the United States, Canada, and Mexico to host the World Cup, has released the list of 41 cities that expressed interest in serving as host cities from the original list of 44 that were named last month.

As far as the cities that did not submit a bid to the committee, Green Bay, Wisconsin and San Diego, California from the U.S. and Calgary, Alberta, Canada are not included in the final 41 cities from the list of 44 that was announced in August.

United 2026 Committee Executive Director commented about the cities interested in hosting the tournament, saying:

“The Host Cities will help define the United Bid. Each will offer the best facilities and infrastructure to stage the world’s biggest single-event sporting competition, the FIFA World Cup, and together they will play a key role in the development of the sport in North America. We’re thrilled with the submissions that we have received, especially each city’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, and we look forward to bringing the best group of candidate host cities together for our official United Bid.”

Of the 41 cities, the United Bid will choose 25-20 cities to be included in the bid submitted to FIFA in March. The statement released today did not mention it, but in the past the United Bid noted that it would release a shortlist by late September with final bids from those cities due by January. To determine which cities will be included, a press release from the bid organizers noted that, “After the initial shortlist is released, the Bid Committee will provide more detailed bid information to cities and hold meetings to discuss questions as candidate cities prepare their final bids.”

The cities included in the list below submitted information about hosting past major sporting and cultural events, the venues that would hold the matches, accommodations for attendees, transportation options, and environmental protection projects.

Aside from the basic requirement of having a stadium with the capacity to hold 40,000 spectators for group matches or at least 80,000 fans for the opening and final games, the bid committed noted that it, “will also evaluate cities on their commitment to sustainable event management, aspirations to develop soccer, and the positive social impact they anticipate stemming from the event in the local community and beyond.”

In addition to the tripartite bid, Morocco will also be submitting an application to host the tournament. The North African nation appears to have some tough competition from the list of venues that the United Bid released today.

2026 World Cup Host City Bids

City Stadium Capacity
City Stadium Capacity
Canada (6 cities)
Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium 56,335
Montréal, Québec Stade Olympique 61,004
Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium 24,341
Regina, Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium 30,048
Toronto, Ontario BMO Field 28,026
Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place 55,165
Mexico (3 cities)
Guadalajara, Jalisco Estadio Chivas 45,364
Mexico City Estadio Azteca 87,000
Monterrey, Nuevo León Estadio Rayados 52,237
United States (32 cities)
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
Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX) AT&T Stadium 105,000
Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125
Detroit, MI Ford Field 65,000
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
Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA) LA Stadium at Hollywood Park TBD
Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA) 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 Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA) Levi’s Stadium 72,000
Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field 69,000
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium 73,309
Washington, DC (Landover, MD) FedEx Field 82,000