They waited patiently as 15 other cities across North America were called. Then finally with the 16th city, New York City/New Jersey was chosen as a host for the World Cup in 2026. The incredible moment completed years of hard work –that dated back to 2018 by the World Cup committee to bring the games to various sites across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Officials in the New York City/New Jersey area worked equally hard to make their pitch, and, even through a global pandemic as Governor Murphy reiterated, the belief is the World Cup will be a boon to the area. According to PATCH.com, there is a belief it could bring in an estimated $500 million in economic benefits to the area.
Celebrating New York/New Jersey being selected as 2026 FIFA World Cup Host City. WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/asNI6e3jdq— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 16, 2022
“They had us sweating there and we were the last one’s to bat,” Murphy said. “In as much as we want the early games, we want the last game. We want the last game. We want that World Cup trophy hoisted here at MetLife Stadium. Look at the backdrop! How could you not play the finals here? Look at New York City. The statue of liberty. Ellis Island. It screams diversity! It screams immigrant routes! It screams Soccer!”
GOAL! @GovMurphy and I can’t wait to host the biggest sporting event in the world!— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) June 16, 2022
The 2026 @FIFAWorldCup means the eyes of the world will once again be on our city.
It also means a HUGE economic impact for our hotel workers, local restaurants and more. #NYNJ2026 #WelcomeWorld pic.twitter.com/Sn6Sg2K4P1
Added Mayor Adams, “This is what it’s all about. And all of us, who have weighed down by COVID. All of us who experienced uncertainty. Today these young people and their enthusiasm turned a question mark and turned it an exclamation point. We are America! We are New York and New Jersey! We are going to be alright! Soccer has a way of bridging us all together!”
We’re honored to host the 2026 @FIFAWorldCup with our neighbors across the Hudson, and we’re fully prepared to deliver the world-class experience that the beautiful game deserves.⁰⁰#NYNJ2026 #WelcomeWorld #HostCity2026 #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/G9tDEKvWP4— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 16, 2022
The Men’s World Cup was last played in the United States in 1994 with seven games taking place at old Giants Stadium, including a classic match between Italy and Ireland. The Women’s World Cup played in the Meadowlands in 1999.
This year’s World Cup takes place in late November in Qartar.