The stadium reportedly might not meet FIFA’s seating requirement minimum.
North America is set to host the 2026 World Cup, but it appears that a key part of the schedule may be changed. According to The Sunday Times in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles’s SoFi Stadium, which is set to host in 2026, may not be able to because it doesn’t meet the proper requirements.
According to the report, the field is too narrow, and widening it would remove seats that would drop the maximum capacity below FIFA’s minimum requirement of 80,000 seats. During the NFL season, SoFi Stadium has a 70,240 person seating capacity, so it needs to find another 10,000 seats before 2026.
If FIFA has to move the World Cup final away from Los Angeles, AT&T Stadium in Dallas and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey are prime candidates. Both of those stadiums already fit at least 80,000 people during football season.
The 2026 World Cup will be split between the United States, Canada and Mexico as the tournament expands to 48 teams for the first time. While Mexico and Canada will combine to host games at five stadiums, the majority of games will be played in the United States, including every game from the quarterfinals on.