FedEx Field in Landover will no longer host the 2026 World Cup

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FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, pulled out of the bid Thursday to host games in the 2026 World Cup, with the Washington area merging its campaign with Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

The joint offer would have a fan festival on the National Mall in the District of Columbia.

FedEx Field, opened in 1997, was among the oldest facilities initially offering in 2017. It hosted games during the 1999 Women’s World Cup. DC’s RFK Stadium hosted games during the 1994 Men’s World Cup and is scheduled for its demolition.

Seventeen U.S. stadiums in 16 areas remain in contention for the World Cup, with the Los Angeles area featuring both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of the World Cup final. 1994.

Three cities in Canada and Mexico are bidding. The bidding plan provided for 16 sites in total for the tournament. FIFA has targeted mid-May to announce the site selections, but that has pushed it back to at least mid-June.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first with 48 nations and the first with three co-hosts. FIFA selected the bid as the joint venue in June 2018.

Sixty games will be played in the US, including all from the quarterfinals onward. Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

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The rest of the areas and stadiums:

UNITED STATES

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium; Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium; Denver, Empower Field at Mile High; East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium; Foxborough, Massachusetts, Gillette Stadium; Houston, NRG Stadium; Inglewood, California, SoFi Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium; Miami Gardens, Florida, Hard Rock Stadium; Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium; Rose Bowl of Pasadena, Calif.; Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field; Santa Clara, California, Levi’s Stadium; Seattle, Lumen Field.

CANADA

Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, BMO field; Vancouver, British Columbia, BC Place.

MEXICO

Guadalajara, Akron Stadium; Mexico City, Azteca Stadium; Monterrey, BBVA Stadium

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