FIFA group visits potential 2026 World Cup match sites near New York City

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:24 GMT, Apr 15, 2018 |

FIFA’s 2026 World Cup Bid Evaluation Task Force visited sites in the New York City area Friday (April 13) as the joint United States-Mexico-Canada group continued to make it’s case to host the quadrennial soccer showcase in eight year time.

The New York City area was the fourth and final stop for the FIFA group as they visited Red Bull Arena and MetLife Stadium, two outdoor sites just across the river in New Jersey.

MetLife Stadium seats approximately 87,000 and is home to the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Giants and New York Jets while smaller Red Bull Arena is home to Major League Soccer’s (MLS) New York Red Bulls and seats 25,000.

The area hosted matches during the 1994 World Cup, including several played at the old Giants Stadium, which was knocked down and replaced with MetLife Stadium in 2010.

Morocco is the only other country to have put forward a bid for the finals, which will be the first to feature an expanded 48-team format.

FIFA will decide whether to select one of the candidates at its congress in June 2018, or to re-open the process to other regions if none of the bids are accepted.

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