SoFi Stadium in Inglewood among venues selected to host 2026 World Cup matches

SoFi Stadium in Inglewood among venues selected to host 2026 World Cup matches

SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, home to the Rams and Chargers, has been selected as a game venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

SoFi Stadium in Inglewood was chosen Thursday as a host venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The tournament, to be shared by the US, Mexico and Canada, will be the largest in history with 48 teams and 80 games.

The only other World Cup held in the US, in 1994, saw the Rose Bowl in Pasadena playing host to eight games, including the final. The Rose Bowl was not among the five West Coast venues chosen for 2026.

SoFi Stadium, the world’s most expensive stadium at more than $5 billion, staged last February’s Super Bowl and has long been a favorite of FIFA officials despite the fact the artificial turf field is too narrow to accommodate a World Cup pitch.

Sixty games will be played at 11 venues in the US The other 20 will be evenly split between Mexico and Canada. The games in Mexico will be played in Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City while the Canadian host cities are Vancouver and Toronto.

Other US stadiums selected are:

AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas): A favorite home away from home for the Mexican national team, the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium is the largest venue in the NFL with 93,000 seats. Opened in 2009, it has a retractable roof and an artificial surface.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta): One of three NFL-MLS venues, the five-year-old stadium has a retractable roof and an artificial surface and seats about 75,000.

MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ): The 12-year-old stadium, home to both the New York Jets and New York Giants, is the heavy favorite to land the World Cup final. It has a seating capacity of about 87,000 and has an artificial surface.

Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass): Suburban Foxborough played host to games at the 1994 World Cup but Gillette Stadium is a different venue. Opened in 2002, it has a seating capacity of about 70,000.

NRG Stadium (Houston): One of two Texas stadiums on the list, NRG opened in 2002, has a seating capacity of about 72,000 and an artificial surface. Its retractable roof and air conditioning will be important given the area’s summer heat and humidity.

Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.): The second-oldest stadium on the list, Arrowhead opened in 1972 and has been renovated several times, most recently in 2010. The seating capacity is about 76,000 and it has a grass surface.

Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.): Miami appears to be a cinch to get at least one game. The venue, which has a seating capacity of about 67,000, a grass surface and a roof that covers spectators, opened in 1987 and has been renovated multiple times. It has hosted numerous international soccer exhibitions.

Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia): When the facility opened in 2003 its first event was a soccer match between Manchester United and Barcelona. The stadium serves as the home venue for the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University. The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final was played at the stadium, with Mexico beating Jamaica 3-1. The stadium seats nearly 70,000 spectators and has a natural grass surface.

Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara): Opened in 2014, the stadium has played host to a Super Bowl and several major soccer games. It has a capacity of about 71,000 and has a grass surface.

Lumen Field (Seattle): Home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the OL Reign of NWSL and the Sounders of MLS, the stadium opened in 2002 and has a capacity of about 69,000.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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