MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Aerial view of Azteca Stadium on June 17, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup sharing the organization with Canada and the USA. It will be the first time that three countries host football's most important international tournament. The stadiums selected are Akron in Guadalajara, Azteca in Mexico City and BBVA in Monterrey. Mexico will be the host country for the third time (1970, 1986 and 2026). (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
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Surprise And Anger As FIFA World Cup 2026 Host Cities And Venues Announced

While the USMNT will be focused on their preparation ahead of this winter’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, last week we saw a key announcement in the preparation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals.

The next tournament will be the first to be co-hosted by three countries. The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to share hosting duties and of course, part of that process is selecting which venues will host games.

And more importantly, which venues will miss out.

Well that process has now been completed and while a number of cities and venues are celebrating their good fortune, there is widespread amazement at some of the places that have been omitted from the list.

Including, two of the three capital cities of the host countries, Ottawa and Washington DC not hosting a single game in the tournament.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 22: Aerial view of the SoFi Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics, on February 22, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images)

World Cup 2026 – Canada, Mexico & United States Venues List

The full list of venues confirmed for the World Cup in 2026 are as follows:

  • Canada

Toronto – BMO Field (45,500)

Vancouver – BC Place (54.500)

  • Mexico

Guadalajara – Estadio Akron (48,071)

Mexico City – Estadio Azteca (87,523)

Monterrey –  Estadio BBVA (53.460)

  • United States

Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (75,000 – but can be expanded to 83,000)

Boston – Gillette Stadium (70,000)

Dallas – AT+T Stadium (80,000 – but can be expanded to 105,000)

Houston – NRG Stadium (72,220)

Kansas City – Arrowhead Stadium (76,640)

Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium (70,240, but can be expanded to 100,240)

Miami – Hard Rock Stadium (67,518)

New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium (87,157)

Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field (69,328)

San Francisco Bay Area – Levi’s Stadium (70,909, but can be expanded to 75,000)

Seattle – Lumen Field (69,000, but can be expanded to 72,000)

(Capacities stated are those included with the bid for the tournament).

However, what has drawn anger from many is the number of venues that have been excluded from these final list.

Shock Omissions Provoke Twitter Frenzy

It should be noted here that there were a huge number of potential venues that were contacted or who submitted bids to host games at the 2026 World Cup.

Outlined below are the places and venues that were rejected at the various rounds of the bidding.

  • Venues Contacted But That Did Not Bid Or Withdrew Voluntarily

Lambeau Field (Green Bay)

McMahon Stadium (Calgary)

Saputo Stadium (Montreal)

SDCCU Stadium (San Diego)

Rogers Centre (Toronto)

Soldier Field (Chicago)

U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis)

Olympic Stadium (Montreal)

FedExField (Washington DC)

  • Venues That Bid But Were Eliminated In First Round

Legion Field (Birmingham)

FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland)

Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

EverBank Field (Jacksonville)

Caesars Superdome (New Orleans)

TD Place Stadium (Ottawa)

Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)

Mosaic Stadium (Regina)

Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Venues That Bid But Were Eliminated In Second Round

Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)

Cotton Bowl (Dallas)

Ford Field (Detroit)

Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas)

Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles)

University of Phoenix Stadium (Phoenix)

Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City)

Raymond James Stadium (Tampa)

  • Venues That Bid But Were Eliminated In The Final Round

M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)

Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)

Empower Field At Mile High (Denver)

Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)

Rose Bowl (Los Angeles)

Nissan Stadium (Nashville)

Camping World Stadium (Orlando)

There was astonishment on social media at some venues omitted, with no game in the capitals Ottawa and Washington DC drawing lots of comments.

Generally, the World Cup Final is usually played in the capital city of the host country, although this was not the case in 1994 in the USA, when it was played at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, nor the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan where it was played in Yokohama or the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when it was played in Soccer City in Johannesburg.

However, a number of venues with a history of hosting soccer games, such as the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, the Rose Bowl in LA and Nissan Stadium in Nashville will also be unhappy at missing out.

Early plans for the tournament will see the three host nations play their opening group games in their home country, with the United States team slated to play their opening game in New York and their other game in Dallas.

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