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United 2026 bid proposes MetLife Stadium for World Cup final

The United 2026 team representing the joint bid between the US, Canada and Mexico for the Fifa World Cup has proposed MetLife Stadium (pictured) in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as the host venue for the final of the tournament.

United 2026 also said that the semi-finals would be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and AT&T Stadium in Dallas, as the bid books for the North American and Moroccan bids were published yesterday (Monday).

The United 2026 bid also said that it predicts 80 sold-out matches across the tournament, generating $1.8bn (€1.44bn) in ticketing revenue.

Earlier this month, when the team submitted its bid book to Fifa, football’s global governing body, it confirmed a shortlist of 23 host cities, from which 16 would be selected if the North American bid is chosen.

The US cities are Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Cincinnati; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City; Los Angeles; Miami; Nashville; New York/New Jersey; Orlando, Philadelphia; San Francisco Bay Area; Seattle and Washington D.C. The Canadian cities are Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto; while Mexico’s are Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

The United 2026 bid book also said that it would cost between $30m and $40m to install grass at stadia, although it added there is no “need to worry about construction timelines or related risks”.

The cheapest ticket for supporters travelling to North America would be $174 for group matches and $695 for the final. The cheapest tickets reserved for local residents are expected to cost $21.

The winning bid is set to be selected on June 13 in Moscow, although it has emerged that ‘None of the bids – reopen bidding process’ will be one of the options on the ballot paper.