Atlanta could host a World Cup semifinal if the 2026 FIFA World Cup is awarded to the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
That’s the headline from the official bid book submitted to FIFA, which was made public today. It shows the importance of the city to the bid, as one of just seven host venues with 75,000 seats or more available for the tournament, as well as one of the newest. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta was also named an official training facility for teams that will be in Atlanta for the tournament.
Atlanta is one of 23 candidate host cities included in the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. Atlanta is thrilled at the possibility of welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of soccer in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, offering an advanced and existing stage on which the world’s best players will compete.
Canada, Mexico, and the United States require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Atlanta, along with the United Bid, will instead be able to work with FIFA to ensure the players, officials, and fans have an extraordinary experience at the largest FIFA World Cup™ ever staged.
Across every metric, the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America has the potential to deliver something extraordinary for Atlanta, North America, FIFA, and for soccer.
The United Bid’s final Candidate Host Cities are:
New York/New Jersey
San Francisco Bay Area