WASHINGTON (AP) — FedEx Field in Landover, Md., dropped a bid Thursday to host 2026 World Cup games, and the Washington area merged its campaign with M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The joint bid would have a fan festival on the District of Columbia’s National Mall.
FedEx Field, opened in 1997, was among the oldest facilities that originally bid in 2017. It hosted matches during the 1999 Women’s World Cup. DC’s RFK Stadium was the site of matches during the 1994 Men’s World Cup and is to be demolished.
Seventeen US stadiums in 16 regions remain in World Cup contention, with the Los Angeles area submitting both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of the 1994 World Cup final.
Three cities in Canada and Mexico are candidates. The bid plan called for a total of 16 venues for the tournament. FIFA targeted mid-May to announce venue selections, but that pushed that back until at least mid-June.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first with 48 nations and the first with three co-hosts. FIFA selected the bid as joint host in June 2018.
Sixty games are to be played in the United States, including all from the quarter-finals. Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each.
The remaining areas and stadiums:
Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium; Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium; Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium; Denver, Empower Field at Mile High; East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium; Foxborough, Mass., Gillette Stadium; Houston, NRG Stadium; Inglewood, California, SoFi Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium; Miami Gardens, Florida, Hard Rock Stadium; Nashville, Tennessee, Nissan Stadium; Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium; Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl; Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field; Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium; Seattle, Lumen Field.
Edmonton, Alberta, Commonwealth Stadium; Toronto, BMO Land; Vancouver, British Columbia, BC Place.
Guadalajara, Akron Stadium; Mexico City, Estadio Azteca; Monterrey, BBVA Stadium.
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