Embark on a captivating journey as we explore the 16 stadiums across three countries – Canada with 2, the USA with 11, and Mexico with 3 – all set to host the thrilling FIFA World Cup 2026. Each stadium unfolds a unique tale, blending landmarks, unwavering enthusiasm, and rich football heritage.
It’s not merely about the game; it’s about the entire spectacle that accompanies it. Join us in discovering the distinctive character and charm each venue brings to this monumental football event. Get ready for a spectacle that goes beyond the field – it’s an immersive experience celebrating the love for football across North America!
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FIFA WORLD CUP 2026 LIST OF STADIUMS:
BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In preparation for FIFA 2026, BMO Field is undergoing a significant expansion, adding 17,756 seats and increasing the total capacity to 45,736 seats. Toronto, a city brimming with vibrancy and the capital of Ontario, Canada, eagerly welcomes football fanatics in 2026.
The renowned Toronto Stadium, a local masterpiece, transcends its role as a sports venue to become an architectural marvel and a symbol of pride deeply ingrained in the local culture. Our journey into World Cup 2026 begins right here.
BC Place – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Next on our journey is BC Place, a magnificent stadium nestled in the picturesque landscape of Vancouver, British Columbia. But hold on, this isn’t your typical stadium. It flaunts a retractable roof, a practical feature given the city’s unpredictable weather.
BC Place transcends the definition of a mere venue; it’s an immersive experience. The thunderous cheers of the crowd seamlessly blend with the city’s vibrant ambiance, crafting an atmosphere that perfectly complements the grandeur of the World Cup.
The stadium is gearing up to host numerous matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with an estimated investment ranging from $240 to $260 million for staging, planning, and hosting.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Welcome to the vibrant city of Atlanta, where the southern drawl, signature BBQs, and a deep love for football create a unique charm. In the heart of this lively city stands the impressive Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a multi-purpose wonder that opened its doors in August 2017. It proudly replaced the iconic Georgia Dome and now stands as the home turf for both the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and Atlanta United FC of the MLS.
This architectural gem offers state-of-the-art facilities, setting the stage for an exhilarating World Cup experience. Atlanta seamlessly blends tradition with a contemporary football scene, promising a thrilling journey for fans and visitors alike. So, buckle up for a fantastic ride in the heart of Atlanta’s football fervor!
Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Nestled in the welcoming embrace of Foxborough, a connected suburb of Boston, the iconic Boston Stadium stands as the proud home stadium and administrative offices for both the New England Patriots of the NFL and the New England Revolution of the MLS. In this vibrant community, architectural marvel harmonizes with boisterous energy, creating a unique atmosphere that truly embodies the warmth of New England.
As you explore the surroundings, don’t be taken aback by the sight of families with faces painted in their favorite team’s colors. It’s simply a local football tradition, a testament to the passionate spirit that fills the air in Foxborough.
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas, USA
AT&T Stadium stands proudly as one of the 11 designated venues in the United States chosen to host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Owned by the city of Arlington, this versatile facility extends its purpose beyond football, accommodating a wide array of events such as concerts, basketball games, soccer matches, college and high school football contests, rodeos, motocross, Spartan Races, and professional wrestling.
With a standard seating capacity of around 80,000, the stadium holds the distinction of being reconfigurable to accommodate approximately 100,000 seats. This remarkable feature solidifies its status as the largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity, promising an unforgettable experience for fans across diverse events and activities.
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas, USA
Another notable stadium in Texas is the NRG Stadium (formerly known as Reliant Stadium), a versatile multi-purpose facility. Completed in 2002 for $352 million, the stadium boasts a seating capacity of 72,220. Notably, it holds the distinction of being the first NFL facility with a retractable roof.
During the upcoming event, the stadium will undergo a temporary renaming to “Houston Stadium” in alignment with FIFA’s policy on corporate-sponsored names.
In September 2008, Hurricane Ike caused damage to the NRG Stadium, leading to the postponement of the Houston Texans’ home opener. The roof suffered partial cladding loss, but structural damage was minimal.
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Arrowhead Stadium, situated in Kansas City, Missouri, is the esteemed home of the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. Renamed GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in March 2021 through a partnership with GEHA, it has a seating capacity of 76,416, ranking as the 24th-largest stadium in the U.S. and the fourth-largest in the NFL.
A $375 million renovation in 2010 enhanced its stature. As part of the Truman Sports Complex, it shares the grounds with Kauffman Stadium, home to the MLB’s Kansas City Royals. This iconic venue, etched in history since the relocation of the Dallas Texans in 1963, is slated to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Known for its passionate fan base, Chiefs supporters set a Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium in 2014, hitting an impressive 142.2 decibels during a Monday Night Football game. Arrowhead Stadium continues to stand as a symbol of football fervor and sportsmanship.
SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, California, USA
SoFi Stadium, in Inglewood, California, is a state-of-the-art indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 70,240. Opened in September 2020, it is the home to the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, as well as the venue for the annual LA Bowl in college football.
Situated on the former Hollywood Park Racetrack site, it is a pivotal component of the Hollywood Park master-planned neighborhood. Hosting major events, including Super Bowl LVI, College Football Playoff National Championship, WrestleMania 39, and the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, SoFi Stadium is a hub for sports and entertainment.
Scheduled to host multiple matches in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it is a prominent venue, also set for Super Bowl LXI in 2027 and the 2028 Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. Despite criticisms for its soccer pitch size, SoFi Stadium stands as a dynamic and versatile landmark in the sports and entertainment landscape.
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida, USA
Hard Rock Stadium, located in Miami Gardens, Florida, stands as a versatile hub for sports and entertainment. Serving as the home field for the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami’s Hurricanes, it has hosted six Super Bowls, two World Series, multiple college football championships, and WrestleMania XXVIII.
Additionally, the stadium hosts the Orange Bowl, the Miami Open tennis tournament, and since 2022, the Miami International Autodrome for Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix.
With a rich history of hosting various events, the stadium is set to play a prominent role in upcoming sports spectacles, including multiple matches in the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2024 Copa América, including the final.
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, stands as a premier open-air multi-purpose stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, just 5 miles west of New York City. Replacing Giants Stadium, it serves as the home for both the New York Giants and the New York Jets in the NFL.
With an approximate cost of $1.6 billion, it was the most expensive stadium in the U.S. upon completion in 2010. Notably, MetLife Stadium is one of two NFL stadiums shared by two teams, the other being SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Hosting Super Bowl XLVIII and set to welcome multiple matches in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, this iconic venue has become a significant part of the sports landscape. Its rich history places it among the few venues in the New York metropolitan area to house multiple teams from the same sports league.
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Lincoln Financial Field, situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the esteemed home stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University. Opened on August 3, 2003, as the replacement for Veterans Stadium, it boasts a seating capacity of 67,594 and is a key component of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
Named after the Lincoln Financial Group, which secured naming rights for $139.6 million over 21 years, the stadium received public funding totaling approximately $188 million.
Beyond football, it hosts diverse events, including the Army–Navy football game, Temple University games, and Major League Soccer exhibitions. Notably, it is set to be a venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California, USA
Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, California, has been the home venue for the San Francisco 49ers since 2014. Located just west of San Jose, it stands approximately 40 miles south of San Francisco. Named after Levi Strauss & Co., which acquired naming rights in 2013, the stadium emerged from the 49ers’ shift in focus after failed negotiations with San Francisco.
Opening on July 17, 2014, Levi’s Stadium has hosted significant events, including Super Bowl 50 in 2016 and the upcoming Super Bowl LX in 2026. Designed by HNTB with a focus on multi-purpose functionality, fan experience, and green technology, Levi’s Stadium continues to be a prominent venue, set to host multiple matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Lumen Field – Seattle, Washington, USA
Last stop: Seattle, the emerald city—surrounded by water, mountains, and evergreen forests, this Pacific Northwest beauty hosts the eco-friendly Seattle Stadium. The city aims for an inclusive and sustainable World Cup, to leave a lasting legacy.
Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico
Ah, Estadio Azteca! This iconic stadium in Mexico City has a rich history synonymous with the beautiful game of football. It hosted the glorious finals of the 1970 and 1986 World Cup, witnessing legends immortalize themselves on its hallowed pitch.
As much as it represents the past glory, the modern aspects of it are intertwined with the city’s vibrant culture and the zealous Mexican fans. The stadium is scheduled to host games during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, making it the only stadium to host three editions of the FIFA World Cup.
Estadio Akron/ Guadalajara – Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Estadio Akron gears up to be the epicenter of football during the much-anticipated 2026 FIFA World Cup. Under FIFA’s rules, the stadium will temporarily be called “Estadio Guadalajara” for the duration of this event.
The journey of Estadio Akron, kicking off its construction fiesta in February 2004, wasn’t a stroll in the park. Faced with financial plot twists and various challenges, it played a waiting game before completing its grand debut. Despite the odds stacked against it, the stadium now stands tall, a symbol of unwavering perseverance and unyielding commitment.
Estadio BBVA – Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
The Estadio BBVA, affectionately known as “El Gigante de Acero” was previously named Estadio BBVA Bancomer and is located in Guadalupe, Greater Monterrey.
Inaugurated on August 2, 2015, the stadium boasting a capacity of 51,000 spectators, became the fourth-largest in Mexico upon its opening in 2015. With a construction cost of US$200 million, it held the title of Mexico’s most expensive stadium at the time.
One of the distinctive features of the stadium is its stunning view of Cerro de la Silla, a prominent mountain with the highest peak reaching 1,820 m (5,970 ft).