MetLife Stadium is one of 37 U.S.-based venues on a list of possible sites for matches during the 2026 World Cup.
The list of stadiums was part of an effort by the United Bid Committee (UBC), which includes the United States, Mexico and Canada in a joint bid to host the event, to reach out to cities to gauge their interest to serve as a host city during the month-long tournament. MetLife was part of the UBC’s Requests For Information request that asks each city on the list to declare its interest by September 5 to take part in the bid process.
A total of 49 stadiums located in or around 44 candidate cities across the three countries will be considered for inclusion in the official bid that will be sent to FIFA by March 16, 2018.
After cities declare their interest, the UBC will review the submissions and create a shortlist of cities by late September. The Bid Committee will then provide more detailed bid documentation to the cities and conduct meetings to discuss any questions as candidate cities prepare their final bid, due early January 2018. Plans are to include between 20 and 25 venues in the final bid submitted to FIFA.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first with the expanded 48-team format.
“The Host Cities included in our bid will be critical to its success — not only because of their facilities and ability to stage major events, but because they are committed to further developing the sport of soccer by harnessing the impact of hosting a FIFA World Cup — and looking beyond the game itself to make a positive contribution to our communities and the world,” said John Kristick, executive director United Bid Committee. “We have had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to working closely with each city and determining the best venues for our official bid that we’ll submit next year.”
The 49 stadiums represent a wide spectrum of facilities, including stadiums for soccer and football as well as domed and retractable roof stadiums. All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.