41 North American cities submit bids to host 2026 World Cup as three drop out

Forty-one cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada have officially thrown their names into the mix for the rights to host 2026 World Cup matches, should the North American bid be selected to host the tournament.

The list of 41 cities, down from 44 on the initial list of those considered for inclusion, excludes San Diego, Green Bay and Calgary, all of which have dropped out of the running.

It has also been narrowed down from 49 stadiums to 44, with Toronto and Montreal still in the mix, but with each excluding one of its two potential stadiums. Rogers Centre and Stade Saputo are no long possibilities; BMO Field and Stade Olympique are.

Per a press release, “The United Bid Committee will review all bid submissions and release an initial shortlist of cities later this Fall.”

Back in August, when the first list of 49 cites was announced, we ranked all 49 based on likelihood of eventually hosting games in 2026.

The full list of 44 sites that remain in play is below:

United States

Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium
Birmingham, Legion Field
Boston, Gillette Stadium (Foxborough)
Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium
Chicago, Soldier Field
Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium
Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium
Dallas, Cotton Bowl
Dallas, AT&T Stadium (Arlington)
Denver, Sports Authority Field
Detroit, Ford Field
Houston, NRG Stadium
Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium
Jacksonville, EverBank Field
Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium
Las Vegas, Raiders Stadium
Los Angeles, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, LA Stadium at Hollywood Park (New L.A. Rams stadium, Inglewood)
Los Angeles, Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium
Nashville, Nissan Stadium
New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New York, MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
Orlando, Camping World Stadium
Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Phoenix, University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale)
Pittsburgh, Heinz Field
Salt Lake City, Rice-Eccles Stadium
San Antonio, Alamodome
San Francisco, Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara)
Seattle, CenturyLink Field
Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
Washington D.C., FedEx Field (Landover, MD)

Canada

Edmonton, Commonwealth Stadium
Montreal, Stade Olympique
Ottawa, TD Place Stadium
Regina, Mosaic Stadium
Toronto, BMO Field
Vancouver, BC Place

Mexico

Guadalajara, Estadio Chivas
Mexico City, Estadio Azteca
Monterrey, Estadio Rayados

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