Dallas Gears Up for FIFA World Cup 2026 Matches in North Texas

Plans are underway in North Texas for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with Dallas set to host nine matches at AT&T Stadium.

Preparations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup are in full swing in North Texas, as city planners and leaders convene to discuss arrangements for the upcoming global sporting event.

During a joint meeting on Tuesday, leaders from various Dallas committees outlined plans for the World Cup, including arrangements for a fan fest and practice facilities to accommodate visiting teams. AT&T Stadium is slated to host nine matches, the most of any venue in the tournament.

Reflecting on the economic impact of the 1994 World Cup, which brought $300 million to Dallas, officials anticipate a potential doubling of that figure in 2026. Furthermore, Dallas could potentially generate extra revenue by hosting crucial operations like the International Broadcast Centre.

While the initial excitement of being selected as a host city has subsided, the focus has shifted towards the logistical challenges ahead. The month-long tournament, set to commence in June 2026, will see North Texas hosting nine matches, including a semi-final, all held at AT&T Stadium.

During the meeting, city leaders received updates on logistical plans from the Dallas Sports Commission and Visit Dallas. Four teams will establish basecamps at various locations, including TCU in Fort Worth, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Dallas, and Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Additionally, the Cotton Bowl and SMU will serve as training facilities, while Fair Park will host a multi-week fan fest featuring entertainment and cultural showcases.

Addressing concerns about infrastructure and budgetary implications, council members expressed confidence in the event’s positive economic impact. Early projections estimate a $400 million economic boost for a host city with four matches, a figure expected to increase with North Texas hosting nine matches.

Transportation remains a focal point, with public opinion highlighting the lack of direct train access to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. As preparations continue, organizers remain committed to ensuring a memorable and successful World Cup experience for fans and participants alike in North Texas.

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