The 2026 World Cup is coming to NJ: MetLife Stadium will host

For the second time since 1994, New Jersey will be among the hosts of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

In a first for MetLife Stadium, it was announced that the 2026 World Cup would be held in New Jersey, with the Garden State selected as one of 16 venues to host the 2026 games.

And New Jerseyans waste no time in celebrating with Governor Murphy and New York City Mayor Eric Adams among the many very excited about the announcement. While joking about the positions they would play, Murphy has a specific request, or wish, for when the games arrive.

According nydailynews.comthe governor asked: “If there is a game we want: we want the last game – we want the World Cup trophy to be hoisted right here.”

And who can blame him for wanting that? It would be amazing for New Jersey to host the last games of 2026.

United States Women’s National Soccer Team Victory Parade and Ceremony at City Hall

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Not only is this a big deal for New Jersey, it’s also a big deal for the country. The United States has not hosted the World Cup since 1994, which would be 32 years when the games finally arrive in 2026. And that makes New Jersey very lucky not only to have hosted in 1994, but to have the honors of hosting again when the games return to North America once again.

And even though the games have been played here before at the Meadowlands, they took place at Giants Stadium, which of course has since been demolished. So, when it comes to Metlife Stadium, hosting a global event like this is truly a first.

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Speaking of firsts, MetLife Stadium also has another major event under its belt. Not only did it host the 2014 Super Bowl, but it also has the distinction of being the first-ever outdoor stadium to host the big game in the colder northern part of the country. And thus, allowing New Jersey to have the honors as the very first state to have played the Super Bowl in this manner. Truly exceptional.

United States of America v Netherlands: Final – FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

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And now, with the announcement of the 2026 World Cup at MetLife Stadium, it confirms that New Jersey is indeed one of the best places to host such big events. Hopefully we can accommodate many more in the near future.

Not to mention how important it is to New Jersey businesses. People from all over the world will travel here to be part of the excitement, ranging from spectators to players.

United States of America v Netherlands: Final – FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

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And with the games not happening for another four years, that gives us plenty of time to start preparing now for the arrival of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

At this time, it is unclear which games New Jersey will host. Hopefully Governor Murphy will get his wish to host the final games, allowing us to hand over the big trophy. Either way, New Jersey is very lucky and proud to be one of the 16 venues that will host the 2026 World Cup.

An aerial view of Super Bowl XLVIII

US Army helicopters fly over Metlife Stadium prior to Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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