Sunday, 26 Jun 2022

Tourism Boost Expected for 2026 World Cup Host Cities

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be played across 16 cities in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Tourism Boost Expected for 2026 World Cup Host Cities

FIFA has announced the 16 North American cities that will host World Cup matches in 2026, including 11 destinations and venues throughout the United States.

The U.S. host cities include New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium); Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium); Dallas (AT&T Stadium); San Francisco Bay Area (Levi's Stadium); Miami (Hard Rock Stadium); Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium); Seattle (Lumen Field); Houston (NRG Stadium); Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field); Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium) and Boston (Gillette Stadium).

Meanwhile, the destinations officially selected to host World Cup matches in Mexico and Canada are Guadalajara (Estadio Akron), Monterrey (Estadio BBVA Bancomer), Mexico City (Estadio Azteca), Toronto (BMO Field) and Vancouver (BC Place).

"I want to congratulate all the bid cities that will host games. I know you will all do a fantastic job of sharing your world-class stadiums, unique communities and culture, and amazing fans when the world comes to North America in four years," U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement.

While the World Cup's highly anticipated return to North America is still four years away-the continent last hosted in 1994-the cities fortunate enough to be selected this week are already eyeing a welcome boost to tourism.

"We're honored that FIFA has chosen Miami to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup," David Whitaker, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), said in a statement. "Our GMCVB team, alongside the County and Hard Rock Stadium, as well as our hotel partners and community stakeholders, have worked tirelessly since 2017 through a very competitive process to bring the World Cup to Greater Miami and Miami Beach. We're thrilled our very compelling bid-and unparalleled travel and tourism experience-have resulted in this day, and we look forward to welcoming the world in 2026."

"This is a great moment for our community. Not just because of the economic benefits, but also because it cements our status as one of the world's premier destinations," added the Mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber.

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