MetLife Stadium a possibility for venue

MetLife Stadium a possibility for venue

Let the countdown begin.

In less than five years, the 2026 World Cup will kick off in the United States, Canada and Mexico — and, if things on Tuesday went well, the world’s biggest soccer stage could be set in North Jersey and the nearby region.

A delegation of FIFA execs stopped in New Jersey on Tuesday as part of a nine-day tour of host cities from Boston to Miami to help them decide which venues would be finalized as host stadiums for the 2026 tournament.

As part of their tour, the delegation met with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and visited several key venues in the surrounding region, including MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, which has long been a top contender for the coveted World Cup final.

“We are incredibly excited to host the FIFA delegation and show off what we believe is the best stadium in the country,” Murphy said. “As an avid soccer fan, I’m thrilled about the opportunity to host the world’s greatest game on the world’s biggest stage.”

New York and New Jersey officials hope to bring the World Cup to MetLife Stadium in 2026.

One of the lucrative benefits of hosting a World Cup game includes a projected economic benefit to the region of more than $500 million, state officials said. In New Jersey, the ultimate goal would be to host the final at MetLife Stadium, they added.

But the delegation also toured locations in the region for other World Cup-related needs.

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