Why Houston 2026
Houston’s 72,000 capacity NRG Stadium, which features a retractable roof, is centrally located in the heart of the city, providing the world’s soccer family with convenient access to Houston’s vibrant hospitality and cultural center.
Tried and Tested Host City
Houston’s state-of-the-art soccer venues and facilities are tried and successfully tested by international teams including FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Manchester United, and will provide ultimate environment for international players to perform at their best.
Most Diverse City in America
More than 145 languages spoken, over 20 ethnic and racial groups represented.
Passion for Soccer
Our passionate, soccer-loving population means packed out stadiums and a matchday experience that would rival the greatest soccer leagues in the world. This strong foundation of support for soccer in the city was demonstrated when Houston recently hosted back-to-back sell-out crowds and international players for Concacaf Gold Cup matches. Houston also had the highest average attendance for the 2021 Gold Cup of any market that hosted multiple matches with three of our matches at BBVA Stadium and NRG park completely sold out.
World-class infrastructure and services
Houston is home to one of the largest airport systems in the world. The city’s vast transportation network and airports together service 55 million passengers, including over 10 million international travellers annually, providing the perfect hub to welcome, fans, players and visitors from all over for a truly global celebration of soccer.
Growing the Game
World Cup matches in Houston will serve as a catalyst for the significant growth of the game, engaging millions of players and fans across South Texas.
Human Rights Legacy
Houston 2026 is committed to using the power of soccer to affect change, address critical social issues and advance human rights.
Energy Capital of the World
Houston has the resources and expertise to develop a sustainable blueprint for the long-term benefit of the FIFA World Cup.