Celebrations kicked off all through New York City and New Jersey on Thursday because the region was chosen as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Soccer followers rejoiced all through the region, together with at Liberty State Park, the place New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a watch occasion alongside gamers and supporters of the sport. Even the Empire State Constructing lit up in crimson, white and blue to mark the event. Each New York City and New Jersey had submitted a joint bid to host matches at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“The biggest sporting event in the world is coming to the biggest stage, and New York City cannot wait to welcome the world to our region,” Adams said in a statement. “Not only will the World Cup strengthen our economy by providing a major boost, but it will showcase FIFA and the sport of soccer to all of America. As mayor of one of the most diverse cities in the world — and one filled with soccer fans — I know our city represents the diversity of this world game and we couldn’t be more ready to welcome the world in 2026.”
A complete of 48 groups will sq. off all through the USA, Canada and Mexico for FIFA’s twenty third World Cup occasion. It is going to be the primary time the worldwide match shall be hosted in the USA since 1994, when Giants Stadium hosted seven video games, together with a quarterfinal and semifinal match. Giants Stadium additionally hosted the opening match for the ladies’s FIFA World Cup in 1999.
“Future generations of New Jerseyans will bear in mind fondly that, on the heels of a world pandemic, the largest sporting occasion on the planet was hosted by the best region on the planet,” Murphy said in a statement. “Along with constructing upon our lasting world legacy, as a host region we may also profit from vital financial exercise and impression, in addition to alternatives to showcase the wealthy cultural variety of our state.”