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New York and New Jersey Poised for 2026 FIFA World Cup Final.

Roger Hampel


New York City and New Jersey are eagerly preparing to potentially host the climax of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Earlier this year, MetLife Stadium saw 82,500 fans come together for a football (soccer) clash between Arsenal and Manchester United, highlighting the region's fervor for the sport.


New York and New Jersey's proposition stands strong, backed by a rich soccer legacy and infrastructure ready to handle such grand events. The colossal MetLife Stadium, which can house over 80,000 spectators, is a testament to the region's readiness. This readiness is further cemented by the region's transportation networks, three major international airports, vast hotel accommodations, and its plethora of iconic tourist spots. A recent YouGov survey recognized the New York-New Jersey area as the prime location fans would choose for the World Cup Final.


Hosting global events is familiar territory for this region. Over the past months, MetLife Stadium has welcomed over 3 million attendees across various events, from music concerts featuring global icons like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Beyoncé to prominent football matches.


Ensuring a lasting impact from the 2026 World Cup is also a priority. Collaborations with the U.S. Soccer Foundation are underway to ensure that soccer's legacy continues to benefit youth from diverse backgrounds. The emphasis is also on ensuring the World Cup's economic advantages are widespread, especially in communities that need them the most.


The region embodies global diversity, with residents from 138 countries speaking over 200 languages, making it a fitting venue for a global event like the World Cup. This rich cultural tapestry ensures that regardless of which country plays, stadiums will be packed, and festivities will abound.


Having been home to iconic soccer moments, from the first American intercollegiate soccer match in 1869 to Pelé's final game in 1977, New York and New Jersey believe they're the rightful hosts for the 2026 World Cup Final, promising to offer an event the world will remember.


Based on: sportico. com | E.Adams, P.Murphy (21.08.2023)

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