2026 World Cup Stadia: Miami And Atlanta Rolls Out Red Carpet

We take a look at the next two host cities for 2026
16:00, 23 Jun 2022

“Welcome to Miami” Will Smith famously sang. Now the world will head to the Magic City for the 2026 World Cup, which should be a true celebration of sport following the Qatar spectacle we are being forced to swallow this winter. Joining Miami as a host city is Atlanta and we take a look at what both places will bring to the 2026 party.

Hard Rock Stadium - Miami

Opened: 1987

Capacity: 65,326

Home team: Miami Dolphins (NFL)

Biggest game so far: Over 70,000 witnessed Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in an international friendly in 2014. 

The city that David Beckham chose to launch his MLS franchise Inter Miami will host games at the 2026 World Cup and the Hard Rock Stadium is one of the most iconic venues in the United States. The home of the Miami Dolphins has been chosen ahead of the home of Inter Miami due to the capacity and this sports mad city should put on one hell of a show. 

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Now Inter Miami have sparked a love for ‘soccer’ and the Hard Rock Stadium should provide a spectacular venue for this World Cup. Or, if you don’t fancy Miami - just nip across to the Bahamas for a couple of days.  

Did you know? Miami is the only US city that was founded by a woman, Julia Tuttle. 

Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta

Opened: 2017

Capacity: 71,000

Home team(s): Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and Atlanta United (MLS)

Biggest game so far: Over 73,000 fans witnessed Atlanta United defeat Portland Timbers 2-0 in the 2018 MLS Cup

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Genuinely one of the most spectacular stadiums anywhere in the world. With a football mad city certain to pack out every game. This stadium looks like something from outer space from the outside, with its jagged design giving it a modern spaceship feel, but from the inside it is an elite sporting venue. 

Its defining feature is the 360 degree circular screen that sits above the centre circle and is unlike any other screen anywhere in the world. Only opened in 2017, the technology is at the very cutting edge with beers that fill from the bottom amongst several features that will impress visiting fans. 

“Atlanta is a soccer town, and we’re excited to bring the game’s best athletes to the world’s best city,” said Mayor Andre Dickens. “Atlanta has already been home to the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and through our strong collaboration with the State and our business community, we will welcome folks from all over the world to fill every seat in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2026.”

Mexico have made this their home from home in the United States, having played three matches here over the last three years but it has been a perfect venue for football fans, with Atlanta enjoying huge success in their short history. 

Did you know? Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola and locals call it ‘Atlanta water’. You can visit Coca-Cola World if you are in Georgia! 

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