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The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico

The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico
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I hope you’ve caught your breath after this year’s FIFA World Cup. France’s win in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium marked the end of an era; the last World Cup with a classic format. After the 2022 Winter tournament in Qatar, the competition will be expanded to 48 teams (rather than the current 32).

© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Metlife_stadium.jpg'>Anthony Quintano</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:BC_Place_2015_Women%27s_FIFA_World_Cup.jpg'>GoToVan</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Stade_Olympique_3.jpg'>Tolivero</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a> The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico  + 27

For architects it is simple: more teams equals more games which equals more beautiful stadia. In this article, we'll take a look at the potential venues for “the United Bid” - where the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will join forces to host the world’s largest sporting event - showing the existing and proposed stadia, and the architects who designed them.

Before we reveal the list, it’s important to understand the factors that have influenced the decisions. The 2026 United Bid’s success was due in large part to the existing stadia and infrastructure that the three nations could offer, a stark contrast in comparison to the 2022 Qatar bid. This means we can predict with some accuracy the existing venues who are ‘host worthy:’ a 40,000 capacity is essential for each venue, according to FIFA, who also states that the city must be capable of having at least 5 games. We also know that 60 of the 80 games will be played in the U.S. and that 6 cities - Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal - have been confirmed as Mexican and Canadian host cities already. The remaining 10 spots will be chosen from the 17 U.S. cities who have been put forward as potential hosts, and the 2 venues of 80,000+ for the opening and closing games are yet to be chosen. The front-runners for this prestigious honor are HKS’s proposed Los Angeles Stadium, the MetLife Stadium, and the Rose Bowl - which hosted the last Men’s World Cup on North American soil.

 

USA

Atlanta / Mercedes-Benz Stadium / HOK, tvsdesign, Good Van Slyke Architecture, and Stanley Beaman & Sears

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Baltimore / M&T Bank Stadium / Populous

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Boston / Gillette Stadium / Populous

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Cincinnati / Paul Brown Stadium / NBBJ

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Dallas / AT&T Stadium / HKS Architects

Denver / Mile High Stadium / Stanley E. Morse

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Houston / NRG Stadium / Populous and Houston Stadium Consultants

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Kansas City / Arrowhead Stadium / Kivett and Myers, and Populous

Los Angeles / Rose Bowl / Myron Hunt

Los Angeles / Los Angeles Stadium Hollywood Park / HKS, Inc.

Courtesy of HKS
Courtesy of HKS

Las Vegas / Las Vegas Stadium / MANICA Architecture and HNTB

Courtesy of MANICA Architecture
Courtesy of MANICA Architecture

Miami / Hard Rock Stadium / HOK/360

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Nashville / Nissan Stadium / Populous, and McKissack & McKissack

New York / Met Life Stadium / HOK, Bruce Mau, Rockwell Group, and EwingCole

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Orlando / Camping World Stadium / HNTB

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Philadelphia / Lincoln Financial Field / NBBJ

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San Francisco / Levi’s Stadium / HNTB

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Seattle / CenturyLink by Ellerbe Becket / LMN Architects

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Washington, D.C. / FedEx Field / Populous

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Canada

Montreal / Olympic Stadium / Roger Taillibert

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Edmonton / Commonwealth Stadium / Bell, McCulloch, Spotowski and Associates

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Vancouver / BC Place / Studio Phillips Barratt, Ltd. and Stantec Architecture Ltd. (renovation)

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Toronto / BMO Field / Brisbin Brooks Beynon Architects

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Mexico

Mexico City / Estadio Azteca / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez 

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Monterrey / Estadio BBVA Bancomer / Populous, VFO and Federico Velasco

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© MX licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Guadalajara / Estadio Akron / Jean Marie Massaud & Daniel Pouzet, Populous and VFO architects

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Cite: Tom Dobbins. "The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico " 14 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/898692/the-stadiums-that-could-host-the-2026-world-cup-in-the-us-canada-and-mexico/> ISSN 0719-8884

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