Football – Venues for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada

Football - Venues for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada

NEW YORK (AP) — Five months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, the venues for the World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico have been determined. The 2026 tournament will be the first with 48 participants.

World federation FIFA also noted Sophie Stadium, south of Los Angeles, which had only opened two years earlier in the awards broadcast on American television, although the stadium’s playing field, which cost about US$5 billion, is also narrow and narrow. To be specially changed to accommodate to comply with the rules.

World Cup games will take place in a total of 16 cities – Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada and, in addition to Los Angeles, ten other cities in the United States. Which cities will host the final and the opening game are yet to be decided. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “We will take our time with the decision. We will choose the best cities for this.”

60 of the 80 games are to be held in the United States, including all games after the quarter-finals. As of the current situation, ten games each are planned in Canada and Mexico. All stadiums have a capacity of at least 60,000 spectators.

Infantino said in New York and thus in close geographic proximity to the headquarters of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL): “By 2026, football will be the number one sport in this part of the world.” According to the AP news agency, the 2018 World Cup had an average of 5.04 million viewers on US television, including Spanish-language channels. The NFL averaged 17.1 million last season.

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In the western United States, Levi’s Stadium of the San Francisco 49ers and Lumen Field in Seattle are represented in addition to Sophie Stadium. Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium, Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium and Houston Texans NRG Stadium are host stadiums in the middle of the vast country. On the eastern side are Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and New York.

The Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, which was still the venue of the final between Brazil and Italy at the last World Cup in the United States in 1994, went empty-handed by the remaining applicants, as did Canada, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Edmonton in Nashville. was. and Orlando, which was also the venue in 1994.

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