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Giants Now: MetLife Stadium to host World Cup matches in 2026


MetLife Stadium among host stadiums for 2026 World Cup

MetLife Stadium has been chosen as one of the host stadiums for the 2026 World Cup, FIFA announced recently.

Sixteen cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada will host 48 teams for the 2026 competition. Of the 16 venues, 11 are NFL stadiums.

The World Cup was last held in the United States back in 1994, with games taking place at the old Giants Stadium.

The U.S. cities and NFL stadiums set to host games in the 2026 World Cup are:

  • East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
  • Atlanta, Georgia - Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Houston, Texas - NRG Stadium
  • Miami, Florida - Hard Rock Stadium
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Financial Field
  • Seattle, Washington - Lumen Field
  • Kansas City, Missouri - Arrowhead Stadium
  • Arlington, Texas - AT&T Stadium
  • Foxborough, Massachusetts - Gillette Stadium
  • Inglewood, California - SoFi Stadium
  • Santa Clara, California - Levi Stadium

The host stadiums in Mexico include Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Guadalajara's Estadio Akron and Monterrey's Estadio BBVA. Additionally, games will also take place at Toronto's BMO Field and Vancouver, British Columbia's B.C. Place.

Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell: Darrian Beavers is 'a really intelligent football player'

Versatility is a common theme among many of the Giants' 2022 draft picks, and no member of the draft class encompasses that more than linebacker Darrian Beavers.

Following five seasons of collegiate ball, Beavers was the Giants' final selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, taken in the sixth round (No. 182 overall). His last three years were spent at the University of Cincinnati, where he played under head coach Luke Fickell.

Fickell recently joined Lance Medow on the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss Beavers and how the young linebacker may succeed at the next level.

"I think he's a really intelligent football player. He's a smart kid," the Cincinnati head coach said. "You always kind of worry about the jack of all trades, the master of none at times. But I'm sure they'll get a good feel for how well he can handle some things, and where is kind of the best fit for not just a position, but how much he can handle because you're right, he can be a guy that can be a really good edge and a rush guy. But I think where he's going to grow even more at the pro level is being a really, really good pass defender in a passing league. Maybe he wasn't challenged as much in college and in our system as he will be at the next level. But I think that's where he'll excel."


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