NEW YORK (AP) — Take a look at 16 venues hosting soccer matches at the 2026 World Cup in the US, Mexico and Canada:
AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is the largest stadium in the NFL. The stadium, which opened in 2009, has a retractable roof and artificial turf. Its capacity is about 93,000, but the stadium set an attendance record of over 105,000 for an NFL game in its opening year. It also hosted the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. The nearby city of Dallas hosted the 1994 World Cup games at the Cotton Bowl.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of three NFL-MLS stadiums. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United play their home games at the stadium, which opened in 2017 and has a capacity of approximately 75,000. The stadium has a retractable roof and artificial turf. In 2020, it was supposed to host the Final Four of college basketball, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
EAST RUTHFORD, NEW JERSEY
Directly across the Hudson River from New York City, MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 to replace Giants Stadium. Both the New York Jets and New York Giants play NFL games at the stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 87,000 and has artificial turf. The previous stadium hosted several matches of the 1994 World Cup and the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
Foxborough, a suburb of Boston, hosted the 1994 World Cup games, but Gillette Stadium is a different venue built next to the old Foxborough Stadium. The new establishment opened in 2002 and has a capacity of around 70,000 people. The artificial turf stadium hosts home football games for the New England Patriots and football for the New England Revolution. The city is about 30 miles south of Boston and 21 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island.
Used primarily for football, Akron Stadium opened in 2010 and hosted the Copa Libertadores final that year and the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in 2011. The Mexican football club Chivas plays its home matches in a stadium that can seat about 48,000 people. and grass cover. The city hosted matches of the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, but in a different stadium.
The NRG stadium hosts football, soccer and even rodeo. The stadium, which opened in 2002, is the home of the Houston Texans and has hosted World Cup qualifiers for the United States. But it also serves as the home ground for some of the friendly matches of the Mexico national team. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is also held annually at the stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 72,000 and has artificial turf. Its retractable roof and air conditioning will be essential given the area’s summer heat and humidity.
Built on the site of the Hollywood Park RaceTrack and opened in 2020, the stadium hosts the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. It has a capacity of about 70,000 people, has artificial turf and a fixed roof. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosted games in 1994, including Brazil’s victory over Italy in the final.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Arrowhead Stadium is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The stadium opened in 1972 and has been renovated several times, most recently in 2010. The capacity is approximately 76,000, making it the sixth largest stadium in the NFL. The stadium is known for its noise records, with opposing teams sometimes struggling to communicate due to racketeering. Has grass cover.
The Azteca Stadium became the first stadium to host two World Cup finals when Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in the 1986 World Title match. Previously, it hosted the final of the 1970 tournament, when Brazil beat Italy 4-1, with Pelé scoring the first goal. Perhaps even more famous was the 1986 quarter-final match at the stadium between Argentina and England, when Diego Maradona scored a goal by punching the ball into the net. The stadium opened in 1966 and has a capacity of about 87,000 people on a grass surface. However, the stadium attendance record for football is 119,853.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
Located in suburban Miami, Hard Rock Stadium hosts NFL and college football games. Both the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami play in a turf stadium with a capacity of about 67,000 and a roof that encloses spectators but is open over the field. The stadium opened in 1987 and also hosts tennis tournaments.
Estadio BBVA, one of the newest controversial stadiums, opened in 2015 and has a grass surface. The Mexican club “Monterrey” plays home matches at the stadium. Capacity is about 53,000 people. Three matches of the 1986 World Cup were played in Monterrey, but at the Estadio Tecnológico.
Lincoln Financial Field opened in 2003 and its first event was a football match between Manchester United and Barcelona. The stadium is home to the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University. The stadium hosted the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final where Mexico beat Jamaica 3-1. The stadium has a capacity of almost 70,000 spectators and has artificial turf.
SANTA CLARA, CA
Levy Stadium, located about 40 miles south of San Francisco, opened in 2014 and has hosted several major football games since then, including the Super Bowl in 2016. It serves as the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium has a capacity of about 71,000 people and has a grass surface. The 1994 matches were played near Stanford Stadium.
Lumen Field is home to two professional football teams and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The stadium, which opened in 2002 and has a capacity of approximately 69,000, plays host to the Seattle Sounders of the MLS and OL Reign of the National Women’s Football League. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded the stadium shaking caused by the crowd. The stadium has artificial turf.
BMO Field is home to the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and Toronto FC of the MLS. Originally built as a football stadium, it has hosted several international events since opening in 2007, including men’s and women’s under-20 World Cup matches and rugby matches. In 2010, it became the first venue outside the US to host the MLS Cup. The stadium also hosted the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches. It has a capacity of around 28,000 people and a hybrid surface, and the application is for expansion to 45,000 people.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA
Opened in 1983, BC Place has served as the home of the BC Lions of the CFL since its opening. The stadium also hosts the home games of the MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps. The stadium has a capacity of about 54,000 people and was last renovated in 2011. It has artificial turf.