UNITY. CERTAINTY. OPPORTUNITY.

All of our Candidate Host Cities are continuously upgrading their sports facilities and other existing infrastructure, integrating the latest technology and most advanced capabilities, training, and knowledge. These enhancements go beyond FIFA’s minimum requirements, so what is state-of-the-art today remains state-of-the-art in 2026, providing benefit to the global football community and the operational readiness that these improvements offer.

We are confident that a successful 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America will provide FIFA with renewed opportunity to engage many of the largest, most influential brands in the world, in one of the largest and most influential media markets for rights fees. Moreover, the 2026 FIFA World Cup will provide a platform to enlist existing and new partners to share football with hundreds of millions of new potential players and fans and establish new methods of engagement suited to meet the needs of 21st century audiences.

Stadiums

The United Bid offers a network of modern stadiums and facilities capable of hosting the first ever 48-team FIFA World Cup without the need for new construction or major investment. The stadiums we have submitted from across Canada, Mexico, and the United States represent some of the most advanced sports and entertainment facilities available anywhere in the world, each operating daily, housing primary tenants, and hosting major events. They are also continuously being improved and upgraded to feature the latest technology and most advanced capabilities.

2026 FIFA World Cup Bid Stadium Options
Stadium
Gross Capacity
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
75,000
Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)
70,976
Boston (Gillette Stadium)
67,955
Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
67,402
Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
92,467
Denver (Mile High Stadium)
77,595
Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium)
56,418
Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)
48,071
Houston (NRG Stadium)
72,220
Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
76,640
Los Angeles (Rose Bowl)*
88,432
Mexico City (Azteca Stadium)
84,117
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
67,518
Monterrey (BBVA Bancomer Stadium)
53,460
Montréal (Olympic Stadium)
55,822
Nashville (Nissan Stadium)
69,722
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)
84,953
Orlando (Camping World Stadium)
65,000
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Stadium)
69,328
San Francisco Bay Area (Levi's Stadium)
70,909
Seattle (CenturyLink Field)
69,000
Toronto (BMO Field)
45,000
Washington, DC (FedEx Field)
67,792
* In addition to the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles has the new 70,000 seat stadium under construction in Inglewood.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, completed and opened in 2017, is designed to offer 75,000 fans the ultimate livegame experience, boasting several unique architectural features and some of the most fan-friendly accommodations in all of professional sports. It is also the first LEED Platinum certified venue in all of sports.

As a strong soccer community with a great history of a thriving youth soccer system, Baltimore seeks to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup to better engage its underrepresented communities in the soccer world by having them witness the magic of the game in the LEED certified M&T Stadium. In doing so, Baltimore will share the special sport not only with the fans who exist in 2017, but those who will become fans by 2026 and beyond.

As arguably the best sports town in the nation, Boston lays claims to one of the winningest teams in NFL history, a dominant NHL team, a fierce MLB team, and of course, a successful MLS team. With tens of thousands of youth soccer players in the region, Boston would use the 2026 FIFA World Cup as an opportunity to spread the game to those who do not already play, as well as to promote human rights. Famous for having some of the best higher education institutions in the world, Boston would help to generate and share innovative ideas as to how to best maximize the unique opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup to improve fan experience, develop the game, and create a more beautiful, environmentally-conscious world.

With a 60,000 player youth development program already in place, Cincinnati has applied to develop a MLS team to further promote the growth of soccer in the Ohio city. With a conveniently located stadium and organized means of transporting people, logistically Cincinnati is prepared to make the FIFA World Cup a fantastic viewing experience for those who attend the actual games, as well as those who stay in the city.

AT&T Stadium in Dallas, is one of the most technologically advanced entertainment venues in the world, with seating for 92,467, over 300 luxury suites, ten premium clubs, and club seating on multiple levels of the stadium. The stadium is also home to a world-class collection of contemporary art, made up of over 50 pieces from an international array of curated artists in the grand public spaces of the venue.

Known as one of the happiest places to live in America, Denver would relish the opportunity to share the city they so greatly love while also nurturing the passion and adoration for soccer that the MLS and National team fans have shown for years. With a focus on childhood health, Denver would use the tournament to also push an initiative on fighting childhood obesity.

With the charm of a small city, Edmonton is Canada’s youngest and fastest growing city and home to more than 1.3 million people. It prides itself on innovation and cooperation. It has the largest open-air stadium in Canada – the Commonwealth Stadium – which played host to matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. As one of only four Canadian cities with a professional soccer team, Edmonton wants to provide further support for “The Eddies” and its youth academy, as well as a youth boys and girls training hub in Edmonton. These efforts will help Edmonton to address its health initiative, while also maintaining a focus on achieving its goals in an environmentally sustainable way.

With a storied history, Guadalajara seeks to spread a wave of inclusive celebration for the 2026 FIFA World Cup where everyone would be welcome and all five senses would be engaged. Guadalajara is well poised to host an incredible event as it recently hosted the 2011 Pan American Games, in addition to the 1968 Olympic Games and the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups. Home to tequila, mariachi, and charreria, as well as many sites to see in the historic down town, Guadalajara will share its cultural pride while also growing the strong youth soccer programs and taking great care to meet environmental, social and health sustainability standards.

As a rapidly growing Texan town now recovering from the disastrous flooding of August 2017, Houston is a resilient city that seeks to further grow its passionate soccer fan base while also utilizing its state of the art NRG Stadium. “Where 17 railroads meet the sea” believes it has the capacity, infrastructure, and drive to make World Cup 2026 the best one ever hosted.

“In the Heart of It All,” Kansas City is a passionate soccer city that has a successful MLS team and hundreds of millions of dollars invested in soccer-specific infrastructure. Having hosted numerous national team games over the past few years in its large NFL stadium, the Mid-western city would love to be a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in order to further develop the game, and encourage its citizens to better respond to the threats of climate change.

Los Angeles has a long and storied history of hosting the world’s biggest sporting events in some of the best and most dynamic stadiums in the world. Nicknamed the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” L.A. is also the leader in the creation of motion pictures, television production, video games and recorded music. Given the opportunity, L.A. would welcome the chance to host 2026 FIFA World Cup and help contribute to the growth of the game around the world, as well as provide its experience as one of the most diverse cities in America to support the promotion of human rights and environmental sustainability.

The most populated city in North America, Mexico City combines the Aztec legacy, Spanish influence, and modern developments to create a sport-centric, cosmopolitan place ready with the infrastructure, experience, vision and passion to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Having hosted 1970 and 1986 World Cup, two Pan American Games, and the 1968 Olympic Games, CDMX has proven its passion for sports and organizational ability to inspire millions of its residents to celebrate with visitors through soccer, history and culture.

Host to millions of visitors each year who come to enjoy the beautiful beaches, Miami seeks to underscore its cosmopolitan reputation by hosting the World Cup 2026. With Inter Miami Football Club’s proposal to join the MLS, there is no greater time to encourage soccer and in turn, place a greater emphasis on healthy habits for generations to come. Having hosted a record 10 Super Bowls, Miami is more than familiar with throwing a massive sporting event

Since its opening in August 2015, BBVA Bancomer Stadium in Monterrey, has been recognized for its architectural features, which make this stadium one of the best football venues in the continent, along with its focus on sustainability and environmental protection (BBVA Bancomer Stadium was awarded the Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council as a testimony of its efforts to preserve the environment).

A French speaking city, Montréal is multicultural, international, festive and innovative. Having hosted the 1967 World Fair, the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and many more sporting and cultural events since then, Montréal is ready to invite guests to a spectacular 2026 FIFA World Cup and maximize the years leading up to it to create positive social and environmental change. Some development initiatives include creating a sustainable street soccer program, supporting the “Space for Life” museum and further developing “A tree, an athlete, a country!”

A city famous for its music, Nashville is becoming increasingly interested in soccer as it awaits to hear whether its team will be accepted into the MLS. In order to support such effort, the city is building a soccer-specific stadium, and generally would like to encourage residents to get out and about to play the beautiful game in addition to watching it. With a large NFL stadium to host a World Cup match, Nashville has convenient infrastructure to make it easy for fans to go back and forth between the beautiful city, and the exciting match.

As the most visited city in all of the U.S., New York has an infinite amount of things to see, and three different professional soccer teams to support. With hundreds of thousands of youth players in the region, New York / New Jersey grew the game tremendously after having hosted World Cup 1994, and would hope to do the same after 2026. These states have hosted some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events, so fans would surely enjoy the game both in and out of the stadium.

Home to the “Magic Kingdom,” Orlando is used to seeing millions of visitors a year and would welcome the opportunity to host a World Cup match in 2026. As one of the cities used during World Cup 1994, Orlando now has an MLS team and a youth soccer system they wish to continue to invest in and develop. With a large stadium that makes it easy for fans arrive via mass transit, Orlando has the infrastructure and desire to play host to a 2026 FIFA World Cup game.

The City of Brotherly Love would be honored to be a part of the World Cup as it has shown itself to be a very passionate soccer city that is continuously working to develop its youth soccer system. With the MLS Philadelphia Union, local youngsters are encouraged to play not only in the Union’s strong development system, but also by using the new field developments to be formally established in 2018. A compact city, Philadelphia makes it easy to get to the stadium and fun to enjoy even for those not physical attending the match.

While the Bay area is known for its hippie past, promotion of human rights, and beautiful landmarks that millions of tourists visit every year, it is also one of the oldest professional soccer cities in America with teams having been established there since 1967. With one of the newest and most environmentally friendly stadiums in the country, San Francisco has hosted many massive sporting events in the past and has a clear plan to logistically and creatively engage all fans in the area who may wish to go to a game, or who will watch from the cities.

The most popular city of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has long been a place of travelers and trade and the sharing of new ideas. “United through Innovation,” Seattle proposes a unique stage to host the FIFA World Cup by emphasizing its drive to use state of the art technology to create the best fan experience possible, and also utilize the World Cup as an opportunity to create a lasting legacy that can help to change the world.

As Canada’s biggest city and the fourth largest in North America, Toronto has hosted numerous international sporting events in the past. It saw record levels of tourism in 2016. Having hosted the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup and the NBA 2016 All-Star game, Toronto would like to turn greater attention to men’s soccer, because its MLS team and youth soccer programs continue to grow in popularity. With a growing transportation system and Canada’s first ever soccer-specific stadium, Toronto is ready to host World Cup matches. The lakeside city that prides itself on great diversity would love to play host to the 2026 FIFA World Cup in order to grow the game of soccer in its home country; welcome fans to the best possible event experience and to continue to protect the environment.

The nation’s capital is not only home to the most important governmental buildings and monuments, but is also one of the largest hubs of youth soccer in the country, and has a thriving MLS team to support the next generation of players. A city ultimately focused on politics and social initiatives, D.C. would use the World Cup to further promote its Sustainable DC plan, which strives to benefit everyone by growing the economy, improving people’s health and providing improved transportation, buildings, neighborhoods and parks.

Economic Impact

The projected economic benefit for FIFA and its member associations of hosting the Competition in North America will be significant. We anticipate more than 5.8 million tickets will be sold; thousands of luxury suites and stadium club seats will be available; and millions of fans will attend a FIFA Fan Fest and participate in other organized programming across the continent. Our goal is to work closely with FIFA to provide a model for hosting which is compelling, scalable, and economically sustainable.

A 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America is projected to generate more than $5 billion in short-term economic activity, including the creation of 40,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in incremental worker earnings for the Candidate Host Cities and Host Countries. This impacts FIFA and the global football family in three ways: by providing financial support to help invest in football locally; by advancing the reach of football globally; and by encouraging future hosts to seek more economically sustainable hosting concepts in the future.

We are ready to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup UNITED, AS ONE.
Engagement

The United Bid believes everyone is a fan and that fans are one of the most important elements of a successful FIFA World Cup. We are committed to staging a 2026 FIFA World Cup that involves everyone, whether they attend in person, or connect from the other side of the planet. We will work with FIFA to re-imagine fan experiences that celebrate football and the extraordinary spectacle of the FIFA World Cup in ways that are both personally compelling and shared by people and communities all across North America and around the world. The FIFA Fan Fest in each Host City will be an integral part of the fan experience.

In every community, FIFA and the United Bid can provide opportunities to learn and enjoy football to increasingly diverse populations. North America is home to over 200 different ethnic groups, with established fan bases for every nation that could qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

This diversity contributes to our Candidate Host Cities being infused with unique culture, food, art, and music offerings.

Beyond staging the FIFA Fan Fests in our Candidate Host Cities, the United Bid will work with FIFA and its broadcast partners to create new fan experiences that connect communities across continents through the use of technologies such as virtual and augmented reality technology. The United Bid will work with FIFA to expand the concept for “Pop-up FIFA Fan Fests” and partner with communities at home and abroad to make the 2026 FIFA World Cup an even larger shared experience. Our goal is to expand fan engagement beyond the dates of the Competition itself and make football a more meaningful part of people’s lives. Our Fan Engagement Blueprint includes:

  • A sustained program of special events, promotions, and lead-in programming;
  • The creation of teaching aids linked to the event for use in schools;
  • Mobile football clinics and competition opportunities;
  • Introductory coaching and referee training;
  • Fan clubs, and more.

Through these and other efforts, the United Bid will support FIFA to engage fans to play a major role in both shaping and carrying out plans to promote the Competition.

The United Bid, in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, will develop the Fan Engagement Blueprint to include road shows that connect new potential fans to the sport of football and bring new opportunities to connect with the sport to underserved communities.

We will put special emphasis on promoting opportunities for young people – and most especially young girls – as part of our pledge to help further the FIFA 2.0 vision and introduce football to new participants and new geographic areas. These road shows will connect the Candidate Host Cities to communities all across the three Host Countries and – through technology – have the potential to reach beyond North America as well. The systems and materials developed to support them could have wider applications, as well as be applied to other countries. They could also be an opportunity for FIFA’s commercial partners, providing a ready-made local activation platform.

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