41 Cities Submit Applications to 2026 World Cup Bid Committee

The United Bid Committee aiming to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America received applications from 41 cities looking to host matches on Thursday. It included 32 from the United States, six from Canada and three from Mexico.

41 Cities Submit Applications to 2026 World Cup Bid Committee

“We’re thrilled with the submissions that we have received, especially each city’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, and we look forward to bringing the best group of candidate host cities together for our official United Bid,” committee executive director John Kristick said.

The committee initially identified 44 cities with stadiums suitable for consideration. But three of them, including Calgary, Alberta, Green Bay, WI and San Diego, CA decided against submitting an application. Los Angeles, CA is the only city to have multiple venues applying, including the Rose Bowl, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, and the new stadium set to house the NFL’s Rams and Chargers beginning in 2020.

The next step in the process is to whittle down the current list of applicants down to about 20-25 cities. Those finalists will be part of the finalized bid sent to FIFA by the March 16, 2018 deadline. Other than the joint North American bid, only Morocco submitted a bid to host the 2026 tournament.

Prospective stadiums need to have a minimum capacity of 40,000 to host group stage matches while those aiming to host the opening match and the final must have 80,000 or more seats. Each city must also provide information regarding experience hosting major sporting events, transportation infrastructure, environmental sustainability initiatives among other things.

The 2026 edition of FIFA’s global soccer extravaganza will be the first with a 48-team field. Expectations are that 12 cities will make the final cut, with FIFA having the final say. Those who don’t get to host matches can still play a part in the tournament in varying capacities. It includes potentially serving as the site of the International Broadcast Center, hosting team base camps, or playing host to the preliminary and final draws.

Potential Applicant Cities (Capacity in parentheses)

United States:

Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium (105,000)
Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (75,000)
Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium (71,008)
Birmingham, AL – Legion Field (71,594)
Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium (75,525)
Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (61,500)
Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium (65,515)
Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium (67,895)
Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl (92,100)
Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field (76,125)
Detroit, MI – Ford Field (65,000)
East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium (82,500)
Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (66,829)
Glendale, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium (73,000)
Houston, TX – NRG Stadium (72,200)
Indianapolis – Lucas Oil Stadium (70,000)
Jacksonville, FL – EverBank Field (82,000)
Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium (76,416)
Landover, MD – FedEx Field (82,000)
Las Vegas, NV – Raiders Stadium (72,000)
Los Angeles, CA – City of Champions Stadium (100,000)
Los Angeles, CA – L.A. Memorial Coliseum (93,000)
Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium (65,326)
Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium (66,200)
Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium (69,143)
New Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz Superdome (76,468)
Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium (65,000)
Pasadena, CA – Rose Bowl (90,888)
Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (69,596)
Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field (68,400)
Salt Lake City, UT – Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)
San Antonio, TX – Alamodome (72,000)
Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (75,000)
Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field (72,000)
Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium (75,000)


Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium (56,302)
Montreal, Quebec – Stade Olympique (61,004)
Ottawa, Ontario – TD Place Stadium (24,000)
Regina, Saskatchewan – Mosaic Stadium (30,048)
Toronto, Ontario – BMO Field (30,000)
Vancouver, British Columbia – BC Place (54,500)


Guadalajara, Jalisco – Estadio Chivas (45,364)
Mexico City – Estadio Azteca (87,000)
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon – Estadio Rayados (52,237)

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