The San Francisco 49ers have announced that the team’s home stadium, Levi’s Stadium, has been selected from among NFL stadiums to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
“We are betting on the 2026 World Cup,” team president Al Guido said last week during the 49ers tournament. Franchise Status an event shared with fans on Wednesday. “I think this is an amazing opportunity for all of us.”
Guido added that the 49ers are also working to have Levi’s Stadium host another Super Bowl, possibly in 2026 (Super Bowl LX) or 2027 (Super Bowl LXI).
“We are in talks with the NFL and all of our partners about the possibility of hosting Super Bowl 60 and/or 61 in the Bay Area and Levy Stadium,” Guido said.
The 49ers issued the following press release to the media.
SANTA CLARA, California — FIFA today announced the selection of the San Francisco Bay Area as the official host community for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, which will take place in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Broadcast live from New York around the world, the Bay Area was included among the communities that will host matches during the first-ever 48-team field tournament. With a record 80 matches, the 2026 FIFA World Cup is expected to bring millions of dollars in economic impact, hundreds of thousands of fans to the Bay Area and thousands of full-time jobs.
The announcement confirms that Santa Clara’s Levy Stadium is the only venue in the region to host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, set to break previous attendance records for the event, with over 2 million tickets predicted to be sold. The record attendance for a FIFA™ World Cup in history dates back to 1994, when the United States and the San Francisco Bay Area first hosted the event. Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto was the region’s first FIFA™ World Cup venue, with Levy Stadium the second. Since opening in 2014, Levy Stadium has established itself as a popular venue for world-class football events, including the 2016 America’s Cup, the 2017 Koncacafe Gold Cup and a host of International Champions Cups.
“From 2017, when we first announced our participation in the United bid, to 2021, when we hosted FIFA and showed their delegations our beautiful region, the Bay Area 2026 bid team remained confident that this day would come,” shared Al Guido, 49ers. President and Chairman of the Board of the Bay Area Host Committee. “Over the past eight years, innovative technology, sustainability and fan-centric design elements have cemented Levi’s Stadium as one of the nation’s premier sports and entertainment venues. This location was created to host events such as the FIFA World Cup™ to ensure continued economic activity in our region for the next four years and beyond.”
“We are thrilled to bring the biggest sporting event in the world to our passionate and diverse Bay Area community. While we will be celebrating today, tomorrow marks the beginning of a long and eventful journey towards our first World Cup match in 2026,” said Patricia. Ernstrom, Executive Director of the Bay Area Host Committee. “We have enjoyed the partnership process with FIFA over the past few years that has helped us achieve this goal and we look forward to further developing our relationship as we prepare to put the unique Bay Area seal on the biggest FIFA World Cup.”
Today’s announcement of the FIFA World Cup™ follows decades of enthusiasm for football in the Bay Area, which includes an all-time high level of youth participation and passionate fans of the San Jose Earthquakes, the local top-tier professional team. Levi Stadium has also hosted top international club teams including Barcelona, Milan and Chivas.
“Hosting World Cup matches in the Bay Area will not only allow visitors from all over the world to experience all that our region has to offer, but will also energize the ongoing efforts being made by the San Jose Earthquakes to grow the game of the world in our diverse communities.” , Jared said. Shawley, president of the San Jose Earthquakes. “We are thrilled to be able to embody the spirit and mission of the FIFA World Cup and create a lasting legacy for the community through football in the Bay Area.”
Being able to host the 2026 FIFA™ World Cup is the culmination of an important application process that resulted in a unanimous decision by the Santa Clara City Council in support of the application. The games are expected to be an economic boon for the region, generating millions of dollars in economic value for hotels, restaurants and other businesses, and creating thousands of jobs in the Bay Area.
“Hosting an event like the World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and all Santa Clara residents who love football,” said Karen Hardy, a member of the Santa Clara City Council, who introduced the city’s resolution in support of the bid. . “This will create excitement in our community, but will also be a significant economic boost for businesses that are now coming out of two years of COVID and need it more than ever. We are committed to ensuring that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be remembered here for decades to come with the sense of pride and achievement it deserves.”
Since 2018, the host committee of Bay Area 2026 has been supported by a wide range of local business and political leaders, demonstrating hospitality and cooperation. Some of these statements can be found below:
The Bay Area and Los Angeles are home to state-of-the-art sports facilities, world-class restaurants and hotels, and some of the biggest companies in the world, but what really makes them special is their people. and Los Angeles has incredibly diverse communities that thrive by welcoming people and ideas from all over the world and building football hubs for generations,” Governor Gavin Newsom said. “California is a beacon of hope for immigrants from all over the world, and we’re excited to show the world our global community here in our own backyard as hosts of the World Cup in four years.”
“I am thrilled that the Bay Area has been chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and that we will have the opportunity to showcase our region,” said California State Assemblyman Evan Lowe. “I’ve always been proud of the diversity of our community, so having fans and teams coming here from all over the world is an appropriate and well-deserved celebration of all cultures in the Bay Area. This will be a huge economic boost for the region. and the excitement of the games will inspire a whole new generation of footballers.”
ImageSpecific information on match dates, times, teams and rounds will be announced ahead of the event.
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