Opening in Mexico City: 2026 FIFA World Cup kicks off at Estadio Aztec

DThe 2026 FIFA World Cup champion will be crowned in the Big Apple. The U.S., Mexico and Canada finals will be played on July 19, 2026, at New York FC’s MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, world body FIFA announced during a major live broadcast on Sunday night. The opening game kicks off at the famous Aztec Stadium in Mexico City.

The final of the 100th Copa America between Argentina and Chile took place in 2016 at the football stadium of the New York Giants and New York Jets teams in the 10,000-person village of East Rutherford, not far from the metropolis. In the professional football league, the arena seats 82,500 spectators. Most of the 104 games of the World Cup finals, nine to be exact, will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, near the Texas metropolis of Dallas.

USA starts in Los Angeles

Meanwhile, with the first game on June 11, 2026, the Aztec Stadium in the Mexican capital will become the first arena in World Cup history to host three finals. It hosted the 1986 World Cup with Argentina legend Diego Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” in the quarter-finals against England, and the 1970 final with Germany’s “Game of the Century” in the semi-finals against Italy.

The US will play its first game on July 12 in Los Angeles, with further US games to be held in Seattle. Canada starts in Toronto. With eleven stadiums overall, the United States has the most venues for the mammoth World Cup, which will host 48 teams for the first time. In Mexico, in addition to Mexico City, there are two more sites – in Guadalajara and Monterrey, and in Canada – in Toronto and Vancouver. While Mexico is hosting the men’s World Cup for the third time and the United States for the second, the tournament will be Canada’s first.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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