MetLife Stadium Crowned, Azteca Opens: 2026 World Cup Unveils Stage

The 2026 FIFA World Cup, the first expanded 48-team edition, has revealed its key venues amidst much anticipation. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium will proudly host the grand finale on July 19th, while the iconic Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will take center stage for the opening match on June 11th.

This announcement marks a historic moment for all three co-hosting nations. Mexico, having hosted in 1970 and 1986, adds another chapter to its footballing legacy. The United States, following their 1994 hosting duties, embraces the world’s biggest sporting event once again. For Canada, it’s a debut on the grand stage, with their opening game slated for Toronto’s BMO Field on June 12th.

The United States kicks off its own campaign at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on the same day as Canada. SoFi Stadium, still basking in the glow of Super Bowl LVI, gears up for another global spectacle.

The legendary Azteca will stir emotions for football fans worldwide. Witnessing history in the making with Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal, the 83,000-seater stadium promises an electric atmosphere for the opening ceremony and match.

This 39-day tournament, stretching across 16 host cities in the three nations, promises a fiesta of football. With expanded opportunities for more teams and fans, the 2026 World Cup is gearing up to be a truly groundbreaking event.

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