HISTORIC: FIFA announces 16 venues for the 2026 World Cup
The governing body of world football announced where the following World Cup will be played
During a FIFA live stream through, football's governing body announced the venues that will host the 2026 World Cup, which will be organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The first cities chosen were those in the western part of the region: Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Guadalajara. Then, the headquarters in the central zone were announced: Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Monterrey and Mexico City. Finally, the rest of the locations are: Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and New York/New Jersey.
The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams, so the number of matches will increase considerably and most will be focused on the United States, who will host 60 of 84 matches. The matches hosted in the USA will be played in outstanding stadiums like the Mercedes-Benz of Atlanta; the Houston NRG; the Kansas City Arrowhead; the Miami Hard Rock; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia or Lumen Field in Seattle.
For their part, Canada will have the BMO Field of Toronto and Vancouver's BC Place, while Mexico will have the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Monterrey, in the north of the country; the Estadio Akron of Guadalajara, in the west; and the mythical Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Mexico would host a total of ten games, four games in CDMX, three in Monterrey and another three in Akron. The peculiarity is that now Mexico is fighting to have the opening match played in the mythical Estadio Azteca, although Los Angeles and New York also have the same goal.
It is worth remembering that the tournament will change its format: with 16 groups of three teams and direct elimination brackets that will start in the round of 32. "In line with the previous stages of the FIFA World Cup 2026 selection process, any announcement is made in the best interests of football, taking into account the needs of all stakeholders," said FIFA Vice President and President of the Concacaf Victor Montagliani.
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