Gillette Stadium to host seven matches for the 2026 World Cup

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By Stevie Massengale

The World Cup is coming to Boston in 2026. Gillette Stadium will host seven matches. FIFA announced the schedule — which included Boston being given five group stage matches and even hosting two knockout round matches.

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The Sunday announcement comes with much excitement from state and city leaders. According to NBC10 Boston, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey said in a statement, “Massachusetts is thrilled to welcome the many thousands of fans and visitors from around the world to our great state in the summer of 2026 for a truly unforgettable event.” 

This is not the first time Boston has hosted matches for The World Cup. In 1994, Boston was given six matches and was the home of the memorable quarterfinal event when Italy, who eventually was the runner-up, defeated Spain 2-1. 53,400 fans watched on when they gained a spot in the semifinals. 

Mike Loynd, president of Boston Soccer 26, said, “With seven matches to be played in Boston, we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring our community together in celebration of the world’s most popular sport.” 

“The 2026 World Cup Event is an exciting opportunity to showcase all that Boston has to offer as a premier travel destination and world-class hub for the arts, culture, and sports,” Mayor Michelle Wu said.

More details on the event, such as match pairings by group and kickoff times, will be announced by FIFA at a later date.