The 2026 World Cup stadiums in North America are divided into sixteen venues and just as many host cities. There are currently 23 candidate stadiums, 17 of which are in the United States, and the remaining six stadiums are divided equally between Canada and Mexico. The total number will be reduced to sixteen final stadiums and match locations.
The World Cup stadiums in the USA, Canada and Mexico have an average seating capacity of over 68,000. They will host a total of 48 teams playing 80 matches. The stadiums of the three host countries will host 60 matches in the United States, 10 in Canada and 10 in Mexico. The United States has been allocated 34 group matches, and both Canada and Mexico have 7 each. There are 12 x round of 32 matches for the United States, 2 for Canada and 2 for Mexico. The United States will host six matches in the round of 16, and the other two host countries will both have one match each. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held in the stadiums in the US.
Opening match, semifinals and final
The opening game will take place either at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles or at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, subject to change. The intended venues for the semifinals are the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The proposed location for the 2026 World Cup final is the MetLife Stadium in New York/New Jersey.
Ultramodern stadiums, ultramodern features
An important feature of the stadiums that may be used during the 2026 World Cup is that they are already operational and very modern, or even ultramodern in many cases. No new stadiums need to be built, and relatively few modifications or other adjustments are necessary. Matters such as comfort, Wi-Fi, LED, light shows and many other elements that significantly increase the entertainment value are already a well-integrated part of these advanced stadiums. The same applies to environmental requirements, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. In terms of logistics and infrastructure, only minor adjustments are needed at most.
Existing stadiums, rich history and legacy ‘assured’
With regard to the so-called ‘legacy’, it appears that efficiency is also guaranteed: the stadiums will continue to be used intensively long after the World Cup has ended, as is already currently the case for both football matches and other major North American sports. In recent decades, the cities and stadiums planned for the 2026 World Cup have gained a great deal of experience by hosting major sports matches and other major (cultural and music) events. Some were even the setting for the FIFA World Cup in 1970 and 1986 (both in Mexico), 1994 (United States), and the women’s soccer World Cup in 2005 (Canada). Want to know more? View the info for each stadium.