North America’s three national soccer federations, Canada, Mexico and the United States, have combined to submit a joint bid to host a World Cup.  Bids to host have been submitted to the United Bid Committee and the process to select the final dozen possible host cities is underway.

The United Bid Committee has released a list of 41 cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada that officially submitted bids to serve as Official Host Cities for the North American pending bid of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Mexico is represented by three venues, including Mexico City’s legendary Azteca Stadium, which seats 87,000.

Canada’s largest stadium on the list is Stade Olympic in Montréal, Québec, which has a seating capacity of 61,004. Canada has six stadiums on the list of 41.  The largest stadium among the 32 U.S. cities is AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Tx.(Arlington) with a 105,000 seating capacity for soccer.

Atlanta, Ga., Baltimore, Md., Birmingham, Al., Charlotte, NC, Jacksonville, Fl., Miami, Fl., Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, Orlando, FL,, Tampa, FL, and Washington, DC, also made the list.  This list will be reduced to a shortlist later in the fall.

“The Host Cities will help define the United Bid, United Bid Committee Executive Director John Kristick said. “Each will offer the best facilities and infrastructure to stage the world’s biggest single-event sporting competition, the FIFA World Cup, and together they will play a key role in the development of the sport in North America.

“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.”

First the UBC must be selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.  Morocco has also submitted a bid to host. If successful, the North America group will likely trim the host list to no more than 25 cities for final consideration. Deadline for that is March 16, 2018.  It is likely a final list will included 12 cities to host the 48-team tournament.

Here is the list of the 41 cities that offered bids at this point in the process:

City Stadium Capacity
Canada (6 cities)
Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium 56,335
Montréal, Québec Stade Olympique 61,004
Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium 24,341
Regina, Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium 30,048
Toronto, Ontario BMO Field 28,026
Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place 55,165
Mexico (3 cities)
Guadalajara, Jalisco Estadio Chivas 45,364
Mexico City Estadio Azteca 87,000
Monterrey, Nuevo León Estadio Rayados 52,237


United States (32 cities)
Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium 75,000
Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium 71,008
Birmingham, AL Legion Field 71,594
Boston, MA (Foxborough, MA) Gillette Stadium 65,892
Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium 75,400
Chicago, IL Soldier Field 61,500
Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium 65,515
Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium 68,710
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl 92,100
Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX) AT&T Stadium 105,000
Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125
Detroit, MI Ford Field 65,000
Houston, TX NRG Stadium 71,500
Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium 65,700
Jacksonville, FL EverBank Field 64,000
Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium 76,416
Las Vegas, NV Raiders Stadium 72,000
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 78,500
Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA) LA Stadium at Hollywood Park TBD
Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA) Rose Bowl 87,527
Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium 65,767
Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium 63,000
Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium 69,143
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 72,000
New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ) MetLife Stadium 82,500
Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium 65,000
Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field 69,328
Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ) University of Phoenix Stadium 73,000
Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field 68,400
Salt Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Stadium 45,807
San Antonio, TX Alamodome 72,000
San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA) Levi’s Stadium 72,000
Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field 69,000
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium 73,309
Washington, DC (Landover, MD) FedEx Field 82,000
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