The 2026 World Cup is gearing up for an exciting kickoff, and the official announcement of the tournament schedule on February 4, 2024, has added to the anticipation. Hosted by Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the event promises historic moments, with Mexico's Estadio Azteca set to host the opening match on June 11.
The Azteca, known as the "Coloso de Santa Úrsula," will become the first stadium to host three World Cup opening matches, adding to its rich football history. Mexico's national team, also known as the Tri, will take the field for the inaugural match, setting the stage for an exciting tournament.
Mexico will play two additional group stage matches on June 18 at the Estadio Akron and June 24 at the América's home ground. The Estadio Azteca and Estadio Akron will host three matches each, while the Estadio BBVA in Monterrey will host four group-stage games.
Canada will witness a historic moment as the BMO Field in Toronto hosts the first World Cup match in the country, marking Canada's debut as a host nation. Meanwhile, the United States will kick off its World Cup journey at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, making it the final host country to enter the action.
While there are still details to be unveiled, such as the official ball, mascot, and the group stage draw, the release of the tournament schedule has fueled excitement. As the qualifiers progress, fans eagerly await the final lineup of participating teams in this highly anticipated global football spectacle.