After years of fighting, Philadelphia has been selected as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

In 2018, FIFA announced the 2026 Men’s World Cup would be hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since then, it has been an uphill battle to put Philadelphia on FIFA’s radar. In the end, the fans showed FIFA there’s no place better to bring the world’s biggest spectacle.

Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, is where the games will be held.

Philly will be joined by New York/New Jersey, Boston, and Miami on the Eastern side of the US. Washington D.C/Baltimore is the city missing out.

What it Means for Philly

The benefits of hosting World Cup games are transformative. On top of the atmosphere, the people, and the cultures it will bring to the city, the economic benefits will also be huge.

For the Philadelphia Union, it will bring more eyes and more fans to the team. Hosting the World Cup will accelerate the growth of soccer in the city by monumental margins. Soccer is the fastest-growing sport in the United States and the World Cup will only accelerate that.

For people who say “no one cares” or “it’s a football town.” Take a look at what it meant to the crowd at Love Park when the announcement was made:

Busy 2026 for Philadelphia

Philadelphia already had a busy 2026 booked. The World Cup makes it even busier.

Philly knew they were hosting the MLB All-Star festivities and the city is rumored to be home to the 2026 NBA All-Star weekend.

It is beautiful to see the City finally being recognized for the passion of its fans.

 

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