On Thursday evening, world football’s governing body FIFA will announce the cities that will host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Philadelphia is one of 16 American cities competing for victory, and FIFA will most likely choose 10, but there could be more. There are also three candidate cities in Canada and three in Mexico. Here is a look at each of them and their chances of success.
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Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (capacity 71,000)
What you need to know: The home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United are practically in a castle thanks to their retractable roof as well as their downtown location. In recent years, Atlanta has also grown into a major football hub. The city can host the FIFA International Broadcasting Centre. because of the large airport and other infrastructure.
Will it win? Yes.
Location: Gillette Stadium (capacity 65,878)
What you need to know: The Patriots and Revolution building is great, but its location is a huge black mark. Visiting national teams hate the long, traffic-filled trips from downtown Boston to the outlying suburbs. Fans hate the tiny access to public transportation. And sources told The Inquirer there was little regional cooperation between Boston officials and Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots and Revs. close friend of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Rumor has it that tender officials already know about their fate.
Will it win? No.
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (capacity 65,515)
What you need to know: A small city with a big stadium in the center may seem like a recipe for success. But a modern Bengals stadium will need over $10 million in renovations, from installing natural grass over artificial turf to removing seating so the pitch can be adjusted in width. It doesn’t help that the Cincinnati airport is far from the city and there is very little public transportation.
Will it win? No.
Location: AT&T Stadium (80,000)
What you need to know: Blocking from the date of application. FIFA loves all those fancy suites and the retractable roof. So how did it take so long to tell Jerry Jones that the field was too narrow? His answer: raise the surface of the grass a few feet above the bars.
Will it win? The cowboys won’t miss this.
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Location: Empower Field at Mile High (76 125)
What you need to know: The Broncos Stadium is great, the location is perfect and the city would be a great host if it wasn’t for one big problem. Teams don’t want to play at a mile high.
Will it win? Probably no.
Location: NRG Stadium (72,220)
What you need to know: The Texans Stadium has a retractable roof, which means games can be played during the day, even when it’s hot outside. That plus the proximity to Mexico and the large base of football fans make this an easy choice.
Will it win? Almost certainly.
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Location: Arrowhead Stadium (76,416)
What you need to know: It’s a terrific football city and one of the few cities in the Midwest to compete in the race. The big question local organizers face is how to transport thousands of visitors from the airport to the city center to the stadium and back without a lot of public transport in the region.
Will it win? Ultimate Bubble City. If FIFA chooses more than 10 places, yes, and the chances of this are growing.
Locations: SoFi Stadium (70,240) and Rose Bowl (92,542)
What you need to know: What Los Angeles will win is a slam dunk. But the proposal ran into trouble when it was revealed that the playing surface at the luxurious Rams and Chargers stadium in Inglewood not wide enough for international football. $5 billion spending and they couldn’t get it right?
That’s why pink bowl on the table as a potential host of the US Team Opening Tournament. It would also be a moment of nostalgia for the 1994 and 1999 title game site.
Will it win? Of course.
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Location: Hard Rock Stadium (64,767)
What you need to know: Miami is the national capital of Hispanic finance, media, and culture. The renovation of Dolphins Stadium in recent years has made it superb and has hosted many major football matches.
Will it win? Another slam dunk.
Location: Nissan Stadium (69,143)
What you need to know: This is the place for now. Will it be in 2026? The Titans’ recent move to build a new stadium nearly derailed a proposal that was much appreciated by FIFA officials when they visited the stadium. Titans officials tell FIFA of new location should be ready by 2026but you can’t say fifa should be.
Will it win? Not if FIFA stays with 10 or even 11 cities.
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Location: Metlife Stadium (82,500)
What you need to know: Another easy choice, and leading candidate to host the final.
Will it win? Obviously.
Location: Camping World Stadium (60,219)
What you need to know: Disney World’s hometown was the host in 1994, in part because Miami wasn’t trendy back then. Now this and FIFA won’t pick two Florida cities.
Will it win? No, and they probably know it.
Location: Lincoln Financial Field (69,796)
What you need to know: Linc’s pristine grass, Broad Street public transit access, and Comcast’s strong backing helped Philadelphia’s bid get it right. Now all the city’s burgeoning football fanbase can do is wait.
Will it win? All signs point to yes.
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Location: Levy Stadium (68,500)
What you need to know: Although Santa Clara is within walking distance of San Francisco, public transportation is sufficient to get there. The stadium is great and gets a bonus for being close to other West Coast cities.
Will it win? Most likely.
Location: Lumen Field (69000)
What you need to know: “The bluest sky you’ve ever seen is in Seattle,” Perry Como once sang, and some of the American the biggest and most passionate football crowds. There are few cities in this country that are better for sports, and the location of the stadium in the city center is ideal.
Will it win? Almost certainly.
Location: M&T Bank Stadium (71,006)
What you need to know: The two neighboring cities initially had separate bids. FIFA (and everyone else) doesn’t like the FedEx field for commanders, and Baltimore wouldn’t have won on its own. So they unitedallowing games in the Inner Harbor and a large fan festival on the National Mall.
Will they win? Most likely.
Location: Commonwealth Stadium (55,819)
What you need to know: Word Edmonton already out. FIFA would have preferred to go to Montreal, but Canada’s top football city pulled out because they didn’t want to spend a gigantic sum to renovate the Olympic Stadium. Thus, Edmonton, host of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, remained alive on paper. Canadian Sportsnet reported last Thursday that the die had been cast.
Will it win? No, and Kansas City should win because of it.
Location: BMO field (30,000)
What you need to know: Toronto Stadium is too small right now, but it will be expanded to over 40,000 to the world championship. There’s plenty of room for him and a lot of money from his owner, the same company that runs the Maple Leafs and Raptors. The rest will be easy.
Will it win? Lock.
Location: British Columbia Place (54,500)
What you need to know: Vancouver hasn’t raced in years because the British Columbia provincial legislature refused to provide funding. But even when FIFA said the door was closed, everyone knew it wasn’t really. Concacafe President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani is from there, as well as Canada’s chief organizer for 2026, Peter Montopoli. They always wanted Vancouver to beand a few months ago the right people said yes. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final will be an exciting venue in 2026.
Will it win? Also a castle.
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Location: Akron Stadium (49,850)
What you need to know: All three Mexican cities are castles.
Will it win? Yes.
Location: Azteca Stadium (87,523)
What you need to know: The king of all football arenas in North America will be the first stadium to host three men’s world championships.
Location: BBVA Stadium (53,500)
What you need to know: An impressive modern establishment, only seven years old, with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains.
Will he win: Find out when American women play there in the CONCACAF World Championship and Olympic Qualifier next month.
After many years of watching the race, the author has chosen the cities in which the games will be held.
AT: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Santa Clara, Seattle and Washington/Baltimore in the USA; Toronto and Vancouver in Canada; Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico.
Outside: Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Edmonton, Nashville and Orlando.