The tournament will be played in these 16 stadiums

The Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Monterrey, Mexico offers what is probably the most scenic view of all 16 World Cup stadiums at the 2026 tournament.Picture: AP / Ferdinand Plain

WM 2026

Sophia Sehermann

The final of the WM 2022 – so it’s high time to mentally prepare for the next World Cup. Die WM 2026 will be held in three countries: in Canada, the USA and Mexico. The 80 games with 48 teams will then take place in 16 stadiums. However, the division between the three countries does not seem entirely fair to some.

While eleven stadiums are used in the USA, there are only three in Mexico and in You have even just two. In the USA there is an existing infrastructure of stadiums that are mainly used by the National Football League for the unofficial national sport of American football. In Canada, ice hockey is by far the most popular sport, but most ice hockey arenas are difficult to convert into soccer fields.

However, the fact that only three stadiums are used in Mexico compared to 11 in the US makes little sense to many football fans, as Mexico is far more football-loving than its northern neighbors. However, only three cities in Mexico had applied. The soccer World Cup has already taken place twice in Mexico: in 1970 and 16 years later, in 1986. However, the tournaments at that time were much smaller, in 1970 only 14 teams competed against each other, in 1986 there were 24.

The USA also hosted a men’s soccer World Cup in 1994. Back then, 24 teams competed against each other. 48 nations will take part in the 2026 World Cup – more than ever before.

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Name: BC Place Stadium
Capacity: 54,500 seats
Club: BC Lions (Canadian Football), Vancouver Whitecaps (Soccer)

The larger of Canada’s two stadiums, which will host World Cup games, is in Vancouver on the Pacific Coast. In 2015, matches of the football World Cup took place here Women instead of.

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Toronto, Ontario

Name: BMO Field
Capacity: 30,991 seats
Club: Toronto FC (football)

Although Toronto is Canada’s largest city, BMO Field is the smallest stadium at the 2026 World Cup. The stadium can accommodate just over 30,000 spectators. Nevertheless, the venue is special: The BMO Field is the first pure football stadium in Canada. In 2007 it was completed.

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New York City metropolitan area

Name: Metlife Stadium
Capacity: 82,500 seats
Verein: New York Giants, New York Jets (beide American Football)

Metlife Stadium is the second largest stadium in the National Football League and opened in 2010.

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Metropolregion Dallas / Arlington / Fort Worth

Name: AT&T Stadium
Capacity: 80,000 seats
Verein: Dallas Cowboys (American Football)

For football games, AT&T Stadium in Texas can be expanded to accommodate up to 108,000 people, making it the largest football stadium in the USA ahead of Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.

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Kansas City, Missouri

Name: Arrowhead Stadium
Capacity: 76,416 seats
Verein: Kansas City Chiefs (American Football)

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Houston, Texas

Name: NRG Stadium
Capacity: 71,500 seats
Verein: Houston Texans (American Football)

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Atlanta, Georgia

Name: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Capacity: 71,000 seats
Verein: Atlanta Falcons (American Football)

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Los Angeles metropolitan area

Name: Sofi Stadium
Capacity: 70,270 seats
Club: Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers (both American football)

The Sofi Stadium in Inglewood near Los Angeles is one of the newest stadiums for the 2026 World Cup: It only opened in 2020.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Name: Lincoln Financial Field
Capacity: 69,176 seats
Verein: Philadelphia Eagles (American Football)

Although the multi-purpose stadium mainly for games of NFL is used, the Lincoln Financial Field was inaugurated in 2003 with a football friendly game: Manchester United won against Barcelona 3:1.

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Seattle, Washington

Name: Lumen Field
Capacity: 67,000 seats
Verein: Seattle Seahawks (American Football), Seattle Sounders (Fußball)

Opened in 2002, Lumen Field Stadium is intentionally designed in such a way that noise builds up strongly. Seattle’s stadium is the second loudest in the NFL after Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

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San Francisco Bay Area

Name: Levi’s Stadium
Capacity: 68,500 seats
Verein: San Francisco 49ers (American Football)

Opened in 2014, Levi’s Stadium is located in Santa Clara, California, about 70 kilometers southeast of San Francisco.

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Metropolregion Boston

Name: Gillette Stadium
Capacity: 65,878 seats
Club: New England Patriots (American football) and New England Revolution (soccer)

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Miami metropolitan area

Name: Hard Rock Stadium
Capacity: 65,326 seats
Verein: Miami Dolphins (American Football)

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Mexico City

Name: Aztec Stadium
Capacity: 81,070 seats
Club: Club America (soccer)

Of the three host countries, Mexico is arguably the one with the greatest football tradition and enthusiasm. Unlike the US and Canada, where football, Basketball and ice hockey are more popular Soccer the most popular in Mexico Sport. The stadiums also have a longer history: The Aztec Stadium in Mexico City was opened in 1966.


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Monterrey metropolitan area

Name: BBVA Bancomer Stadium
Capacity: 51,000 seats
Club: CF Monterrey (football)


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Guadalajara metropolitan area

Name: Estadio Akron
Capacity: 45,500 seats
Club: Chivas Guadalajara (football)

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It is not yet known in which stadium the opening game will take place. The traditional Aztec Stadium in Mexico City could be a suitable candidate. The final will take place in the USA, but in which city is also not yet certain.

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