World Cup accepts Boston bid for 2026 and will play games in Foxborough


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Gillette Stadium will replace its grass pitch with natural grass for the event.

Fans wait along 6ht Ave. FIFA’s announcement of the names of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup football tournament in New York. AP Photo/Noah K. Murray

The 2026 World Cup is officially coming to Boston (sort of).

On Thursday, FIFA announced the host cities for the 2026 World Cup, including Boston. The matches will be played in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium.

Robert Kraft’s pitch – which referenced Foxborough’s previous successful stint as host city in 1994 – appears to have been well received.

“We’re looking forward to hopefully hosting six games here and the quarter-finals like we did in 1994 when we had Italy against Spain,” Kraft said in September. “We are looking forward to the 2026 World Cup right here at Gillette Stadium.”

According to a press release, FIFA assessed potential host cities based on infrastructure, transportation (airports, trains, roads), human rights, stadium infrastructure, fan fest locations and venues. ‘coaching.

Boston/Foxborough joined New York, Philadelphia and Miami as locations to the east. Atlanta, Kansas City, Dallas and Houston all represent the center of the country, while Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles are also included. Vancouver and Toronto have been accepted as host cities in Canada. Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City will host games in Mexico.

Neither Washington DC nor Ottawa were chosen, marking this is only the second and third time that a nation’s capital has not been chosen to host games. The other was Tokyo in 2002, although neighboring cities were hosts that year.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu expressed her excitement over the news on Thursday.

“We are proud of our long tradition of championship teams and fans, and we stand ready to introduce our city to football fans around the world as they come to celebrate the beautiful game,” Wu wrote in a statement. hurry.

Governor Charlie Baker specifically named Kraft as a reason the games will be played in Massachusetts.

“We appreciate Robert Kraft for his efforts as Honorary Chairman of United Bid to help bring the World Cup back to the United States, as well as the Boston Soccer 2026 Committee for their tireless work in making Boston a host city,” Baker wrote in a press release.

Gillette Stadium reportedly has a plan in place to replace its grass surface with natural grass for the event.



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