New York/New Jersey selected as host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

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June 16, 2022

FIFA designates New York/New Jersey as host city for what will be the biggest FIFA World Cup ever in history, as 48 teams play in tournaments in the United States, Canada and Mexico

Celebrations across the region will take place tonight, with City Hall, iconic stadiums and landmarks lighting up with messages of support

NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY — New York Mayor Eric Adams and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy celebrated FIFA’s announcement tonight of New York/New Jersey as host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026™. Mayor Adams and Governor Murphy led a watch party at Liberty State Park, joined by football fans, players and supporters at all levels of the game to celebrate the momentous occasion. The celebrations are expected to reverberate throughout the region as New York City Hall, the Empire State Building and other iconic landmarks and stadiums across New York’s five boroughs and the state of New Jersey light up of celebratory messages. New York City and New Jersey have submitted a joint bid to host matches at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey during the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

“The greatest sporting event in the world is coming to the biggest stage, and New York City is looking forward to welcoming the world to our region,” said Mayor Adams. “New York City is thrilled to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, bringing the drama and excitement here to the city that never sleeps! The momentum doesn’t stop there, with restaurants, hotels, world-class entertainment and much more to entertain all of our visitors Not only will the World Cup strengthen our economy with a major boost, but it will introduce FIFA and the sport of soccer to all of America As mayor of one of the most diverse cities in the world – and filled with football fans – I know our city represents the diversity of this global sport and we couldn’t be more ready to welcome the world in 2026.”

“We are honored to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup with our neighbors across the Hudson, and we are fully prepared to deliver the world-class experience the beautiful game deserves,” said Governor Murphy. “Future generations of New Jerseyans will fondly remember that, in the wake of a global pandemic, the greatest sporting event in the world was hosted by the greatest region in the world. In addition to building on our enduring global heritage, as a host region we will also benefit from significant economic activity and impact, as well as opportunities to showcase our state’s rich cultural diversity. As we greet the world today and every day, we are reminded that the values ​​of inclusion and unity are not only fundamental to the World Cup, but to who we are as New Jerseyans.

“With some of the most welcoming and diverse communities in the world, New York is a natural choice to host the FIFA World Cup,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “Our unparalleled cultural experiences and myriad tourist attractions make us the ideal location for the thousands of fans who will come to enjoy this historic competition. New York was made to be in the spotlight – we’re ready to deliver an unforgettable experience to millions of people around the world, and I thank everyone who made it possible.

“On behalf of the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets, we are honored to have been selected as the official venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Ron VanDeVeen, President and CEO, MetLife Stadium. “We look forward to hosting the greatest sporting event in the world and welcoming teams and their fans from around the world to MetLife Stadium.”

“The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority is delighted that FIFA has chosen the NY/NJ area and MetLife Stadium to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Vincent Prieto, President and CEO, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. “The FIFA World Cup will shine the spotlight on the Meadowlands region for international audiences. We look forward to delivering great experiences for fans around the world, including vibrant city centers, plenty of shops and restaurants.

The New York/New Jersey region is incredibly well prepared, well equipped and excited to welcome visitors and fans from around the world during the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. MetLife Stadium hosts two million guests each year and the New York/New Jersey area is home to five airports serving 181 countries. Moreover, more hotels are currently being built in the region than there are overall in the other Candidate Cities. As the entertainment, tourism, gastronomy and media capital of the world, New York/New Jersey has many options for hosting and staging impressive corresponding events during the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, in addition to stand out as a host city for matches.

The leaders behind the New York/New Jersey bid are steadfastly committed to ensuring that this incredible opportunity benefits local and regional economies and serves as an inclusive cultural experience for the entire community.

New York/New Jersey is home to some of the most engaged and diverse football fans in the country, representing countries from all corners of the world. The region’s football-friendly culture combined with its global and diverse population make it a community that will be delighted to experience FIFA World Cup™ matches and welcome guests with open arms.

In addition to games played at MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey will host FIFA Fan Fest sites throughout the region. Training facilities offered are at Rutgers University, Pingry School, Kean University, Red Bull Football Club Training Center and New York City Football Club Training Center.

The United States last hosted the FIFA Men’s World Cup™ in 1994, when Giants Stadium hosted seven matches, including a quarter-final and a semi-final. Giants Stadium also hosted the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999.

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