Feb 5, 2024 - News

Houston to host seven 2026 World Cup matches

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Houston will host seven matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, organizers announced yesterday.

Why it matters: The 2026 World Cup is expected to generate millions of dollars for the city, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority has said.

What's happening: NRG Stadium will host five group-stage matches and two knockout-round games in 2026.

  • The group-stage games will be on June 14, 17, 20, 23 and 26. The knockout matches will be on June 29 (Round of 32) and July 4 (Round of 16).

Details: The cup's opening match will be in Mexico City on June 11, 2026. The first U.S. match will be in the Los Angeles area.

  • Arlington's AT&T Stadium will host nine matches, the most among all host cities.

What they're saying: "We were going to be excited no matter what happened," Chris Canetti, with the sports authority, told the Houston Business Journal.

  • "To have two of [the knockout-stage games] coming to Houston will certainly be special and spectacular."
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