2026 Stadia World Cup: Miami and Atlanta roll out the red carpet | World Cup 2026

Will Smith famously sang “Welcome to Miami”. The world is now heading to the city of magic to host the 2026 World Cup, which should be a true celebration of sport after the spectacle of Qatar we have to swallow this winter. Joining Miami as host city is Atlanta and we take a look at what both venues will achieve in the 2026 gala.

Hard Rock Stadium – Miami

opened: 1987

Eligibility: 65326

Host team: Miami Dolphins (NFL)

Biggest game so far: Over 70,000 people watched Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in an international friendly in 2014.

The city chosen by David Beckham to launch the MLS Inter Miami franchise will host matches in the 2026 World Cup and Hard Rock Stadium is one of the most popular venues in the United States. The Miami Dolphins’ home was chosen before the Inter Miami home due to the carrying capacity of this crazy sports city and it should be one hell of a show.

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From Miami Beach to the Everglades, Florida has embraced new sports and the celebrity home is quite on the scene when they hosted their first Formula One race this year — as Martin Brundle worked his way down a celebrity-packed grid.

Inter Miami has now sparked a love for ‘football’ and the Hard Rock Stadium is supposed to provide a great venue for the World Cup. Or, if you don’t fancy Miami – just drive by to the Bahamas for a few days.

Did you know? Miami is the only American city founded by Julia Tuttle.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta

opened: 2017

Eligibility: 71000

Host team(s): Atlanta Falcons (NFL) Atlanta United (MLS)

Biggest game so far: Over 73,000 spectators watched Atlanta United beat Portland Timbers 2-0 in the 2018 League Cup

Truly one of the most amazing stadiums anywhere in the world. With a football-mad city that is sure to pack every match. From the outside, this stadium looks like something out of space, with its curvy design giving it the feel of a modern spaceship, but on the inside it’s a premium sporting venue.

Its distinguishing feature is the 360° rotating screen which sits above the central circle and is unlike any other screen anywhere in the world. Only opened in 2017, the technology is at the forefront of bottom-filling beers among the many features that will impress the visiting masses.

“Atlanta is a football city, and we are excited to bring the best athletes in the game to the best city in the world,” said Mayor Andre Dickens. “Atlanta has already been home to the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and through our strong collaboration with the state and our business community, we will welcome people from all over the world to fill every seat at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2026.”

Mexico has made this home its home in the United States, having played three games here over the past three years, but it’s been an ideal setting for soccer fans, with Atlanta having been a huge hit in its short history.

Did you know? Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola and locals call it “Atlanta Waters”. You can visit Coca-Cola World if you are in Georgia!

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