Yes, The New York Times is aware that MetLife Stadium is in East Rutherford, N.J., not New York. Yes, we have been to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and yes we even know that some people spell that last place Foxboro.
Prepare yourself for some geographic fudging in Thursday’s announcements of the 2026 World Cup host cities, because FIFA has already done quite a bit of it during the process. The Washington-Baltimore combined bid, for example, would bring games to Baltimore, but not Washington. This map alone appears to have cut Dallas and Denver completely loose from their moorings.
But fair warning: Our live coverage will probably follow that lead, for simplicity, with notations for specificity as needed.
Each of the 22 finalists (and 23 stadiums) has been attached to a major metropolitan area, even if the stadium linked to each candidacy does not technically sit in said city.
Here’s the full list (with each stadium and its actual location):
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Boston (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough)
Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
Dallas (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
Denver (Empower Field at Mile High Stadium)
Houston (NRG Stadium)
Kansas City, Mo. (Arrowhead Stadium)
Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, and the Rose Bowl, Pasadena)
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens)
Nashville (Nissan Stadium)
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.)
Seattle (Lumen Field)
Washington, D.C./Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore)
Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium)
Toronto (BMO Field)
Vancouver (B.C. Place)
Guadalajara (Estadio Akron, Zapopan)
Mexico City (Estadio Azteca)
Monterrey (Estadio BBVA, Guadalupe).