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2026 World Cup schedule unveiled: New York/New Jersey set to host final in historic soccer showcase

Posted : 05 February 2024

FIFA has revealed the schedule for the 2026 World Cup, with Dallas securing the highest number of matches at nine, while MetLife Stadium in New York will host eight, including the final.


The tournament will kick off on June 11 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, followed by the U.S. Men's National Team's opening match at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on June 12.


The team will also play at Lumen Field in Seattle before concluding the group stage back at SoFi Stadium. The Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches at MetLife offer the possibility for exciting matchups.


Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, is set to host the third-place game. The FIFA World Cup 2026 logo was unveiled in Times Square last May, and the excitement is palpable, as reflected in watch parties at MetLife and celebrations at Mulligan's Bar in Hoboken.


Soccer enthusiasts express their enthusiasm for the upcoming event, with fan David Moncada highlighting the significance of having the World Cup in their backyard, having traveled the world for past tournaments.


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York City Mayor Eric Adams join the anticipation, emphasizing the historic opportunity for the region. The 2026 World Cup will span 16 host cities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, featuring 48 teams.


Beyond the historical significance, the event is expected to bring substantial economic impact, with projections of $2 billion in revenue and 14,000 jobs, according to Jim Kirkos, CEO of the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce.


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