Houston gets chance to show off in attempt to host 2026 World Cup – Chron
Houston will get to make its case Wednesday to be one of 10 United States cities to host World Cup matches in 2026.
The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. There will be matches in three stadiums in Mexico - Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara - three in Canada - Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton - and 10 in the United States.
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Houston is competing with Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Baltimore, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Cincinnati, Miami and Orlando for those final 10 slots.
Houston figures to have a good shot since it's the fourth-largest city in the country and NRG Stadium has hosted two Super Bowls, two Final Fours and several soccer matches involving the likes of the Mexican National Team as well as international clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
“We are excited for the opportunity to engage with FIFA and U.S Soccer and discuss Houston’s unmatched operational readiness to host World Cup matches in 2026,” Houston's World Cup Bid committee president Chris Canetti said. “We are fortunate to have such a world-class facility as part of our amazing network of infrastructure. NRG Stadium is a key element to the bid, and we are eager to show how the stadium can seamlessly deliver for FIFA as it has done time-and-time again for other major events.”
A decision isn't expected until the end of this year.
Matt Young has been a sports web editor/writer at Chron since 2015. He's proudly from Alief and occasionally sits alone in his four-cornered room staring at candles. Reach him at matt.young@chron.com.


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