How host cities reacted to being awarded 2026 World Cup games

FIFA finally announced the 16 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico that will serve as hosts for the 2026 World Cup.

Mexico will see Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City welcome the international tournament, while Canada boasts Vancouver and Toronto as seeds. The United States will host the majority of the World Cup, as 11 cities across the country prepare for the sport’s biggest competition. 

The American venues are: 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).

Now, the newest hosts are reacting to the honor. 

Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee President Chris Canetti said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be selected as a host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup alongside so many great cities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The Houston community has truly backed our bid and is ready to welcome players and fans from all over the world for the World Cup. We are grateful to FIFA for recognizing the modern, sustainable and forward-thinking bid we have built and for allowing us to continue creating a lasting legacy.”