MetLife Stadium to learn tonight if it will host 2026 World Cup games

Mayor Eric Adams and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy have teamed up to attempt to lure among the 2026 FIFA World Cup games to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ — and will learn Thursday whether or not they’ve succeeded. 

“We are going to win the game for us. This is a perfect combination, and when you look at all of the locations that FIFA is looking at, we really represent the global approach to this,” stated Adams on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday in a joint look with Murphy.

North America has already been chosen as the positioning of the 2026 games.

Twenty-two cities within the US, Canada and Mexico at the moment are vying to be amongst these chosen for the match-ups. A complete of round 16 cities are anticipated to be chosen between the three international locations, with the US garnering about 10 slots.

Other US cities pushing to be chosen embody Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami.

The worldwide soccer affiliation will announce the winners publicly round 5 p.m.

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
FIFA will announce tonight whether or not any 2026 World Cup games will be performed at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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 “The appetite [for the World Cup] is huge,” Murphy stated. “As the mayor said, huge economic benefits to both New York City and New Jersey. This is a home run for us.” 

New Jersey already hosted a number of 1994 World Cup games at MetLife, in addition to a 1999 Women’s World Cup match.

A profitable bid can be a boon for the Big Apple and neighboring New Jersey significantly as they proceed their recovery from the pandemic shutdowns, which rocked the native lodge and restaurant trade.

(Left to right) Janno Lieber of MTA; NYC Mayor Eric Adams, NJ Gov Phil Murphy, and NYS Gov Kathy Hochul.
Mayor Eric Adams and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy have been pushing FIFA to convey games to the New York City space.
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When requested if followers ought to concern spiking metro-area crime charges, together with a collection of high-profile incidents, Adams stated a security plan is his prime precedence. 

“Whenever you attract these large events to your municipalities, people want to know, will people be safe and are you going to ensure that those laws we pass won’t impact on that public safety?” Adams stated.

“We have the best law-enforcement apparatus with the combination of the Jersey law-enforcement personnel … to keep people safe and move them about,” he claimed.

MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium is competing with stadiums in 22 cities throughout the US, Canada and Mexico to host games within the 2026 World Cup.
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The mayor made a not-so-subtle jab at native prosecutors who favor soft-on-crime insurance policies, hinting that their choices impression public notion — in addition to the financial recovery of the area.

“Every time we put together a package, we present how well we are going to protect those who come here, but it sends a message to all those who are part of the criminal-justice system that the actions that they take also will impact on the economy of our region,” Adams stated.

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