New England Confirmed to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup Games
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It's only been a few days since the 2022 World Cup wrapped up, with Argentina taking home the trophy on Sunday night after beating France. But World Cup Fever is still alive and well, especially with the announcement just dropped by FIFA about the 2026 World Cup.
World Cup in New England
Cashing in on the fact that people are still talking about the World Cup Final played on Sunday night, FIFA announced the three host countries for the 2026 World Cup. And not only does America have most of the hosting duties (11 of the 16 host cities are in the US), but New Englanders won't have to travel far to see games in person.
According to FIFA, "Boston" has been chosen as one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup. And while it'd be cool to see games played somewhere in the Bean (like Fenway Park), it's not exactly Boston where some of the World Cup games will go down.
The games will actually be played at the home of the New England Revolution -- Gillette Stadium down in Foxboro. (As someone who lived in another part of the country for a few years, it's a lot sexier, easier, and more understood to call all of New England "Boston" than pinpoint actual locations.)
Even though the 2022 World Cup just wrapped up a few days ago and while no dates for the 2026 World Cup have been announced yet, there are rumors that the games could return to their usual summertime play between June and July.
Which means some epic summer tailgate soccer parties at Gillette Stadium could go down for however many World Cup games are hosted in Foxboro.
Start saving your money for tickets now, though. Because while there's no clue how much tickets will cost (especially four years from now), it's almost guaranteed that every World Cup game played at Gillette will sell out, based on the amount of viewing parties that happened at bars across the country.
Hell, just look how packed Monument Square in Portland, Maine was for the viewing party held the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25.