New York to host 2026 FIFA World Cup final

FIFA announced on Sunday that the 2026 World Cup final will take place at MetLife Stadium in New York/New Jersey. The New York bid successfully secured the July 19 game, overcoming a strong challenge from Dallas. This final will mark the culmination of the expanded 48-team tournament, co-hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The tournament will kick off with the opening game at Mexico City’s renowned Azteca Stadium on June 11. Atlanta and Dallas will host the semi-finals, while the third-place match will be held in Miami.

These decisions were revealed during a live television broadcast in North America featuring FIFA president Gianni Infantino, comedian Kevin Hart, rapper Drake, and celebrity Kim Kardashian.

MetLife Stadium, with its 82,500-seat capacity, is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and serves as the home venue for the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets. It has previously hosted international football games, including the final of the 2016 Copa America tournament.

The New York bid emphasized the city’s experience in hosting major international events and its status as a global city with convenient transportation connections for fans. Dallas had hoped to secure the final at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, citing its roof as an advantage against potential weather issues.

Los Angeles also vied for hosting rights, but faced challenges due to disagreements with FIFA regarding necessary tournament upgrades to SoFi Stadium, home to the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will become the first venue to host World Cup tournament games in three separate editions, having previously hosted the finals in 1970 and 1986.

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The United States will begin their group stage campaign at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on June 12, with additional matches scheduled in Seattle. Toronto will host the first game for the Canadian team, while Vancouver will serve as the other Canadian venue for their matches.

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