New York City will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup!

FIFA has announced that New York and New Jersey have been selected as hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup after the two cities jointly offered the job. Specifically, sports stars will play matches inside the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. How sexy!

“The world’s largest sporting event is approaching the biggest stage, and New York City is not waiting to welcome the world into our neighborhood,” Mayor Eric Adams said in an official statement on the news. “The World Cup will not only strengthen our economy by providing a significant boost, but will showcase FIFA and the sport of football for all of America.”

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also issued a ceremonial statement. “Future generations of New Jerseyans will remember fondly that in the wake of a global pandemic, the world’s largest region hosted the world’s largest sporting event,” he said. “In addition to building on our lasting global legacy, as a host region, we will also benefit from significant economic activity and impact, as well as opportunities to showcase our nation’s rich cultural diversity.”

MetLife Stadium is up to the task, hosting an average of two million people annually. The New York/New Jersey area is also home to five different airports that serve flights from more than 180 countries.

City residents can also expect the two cities to host FIFA Fan Fest locations throughout the region, while proposed training facilities include Rutgers University, Pingry School, Kean University, the Red Bull Football Club training facility, and the New York City Football Club training facility.

Although this isn’t the first time the World Cup has been played on US soil (in 1994 Giant Stadium hosted seven men’s league matches, and in 1999 welcomed the opening game of the Women’s League), this is clearly the big news coming from the pandemic. destructive.

Other US cities and NFL stadiums are scheduled to host matches in the 2026 Championship. They are:

Atlanta, Georgia – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Houston, Texas – NRG Stadium
Miami, Florida – Hard Rock Stadium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Lincoln Financial Field
Seattle, Washington – Lumen Field
Kansas City, Missouri – Arrowhead Stadium
Arlington, Texas – AT&T Stadium
Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
Englewood, CA – SoFi . Stadium
Santa Clara, California – Levi’s Stadium

Marking the exciting update, landmarks and stadiums across all neighborhoods of New York City and New Jersey were lit up with messages of celebration this past weekend.

We know there’s still a long way to go, but mark your calendars: the 23rd edition of the FIFA World Cup is set to kick off on June 8, 2026.

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