Soccer’s governing body announced Wednesday morning that the North American trio of the United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup.
So could Gillette Stadium host any matches in 2026? Foxboro Stadium hosted six matches during the 1994 World Cup, which was the first and only time the tournament was held in the United States.
The bid committee has not reached a final decision on where matches will be held, but some factors work in Gillette’s favor.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft is the honorary chairman of the North American bid committee. Twenty-three cities were listed by the North American bid committee in its final bid — including Boston (Foxborough).
The 1994 experience, when games were played at Kraft’s Foxboro Stadium, also could be a plus.
It’s not known when sites will be formalized. The Kraft Group earlier this year launched a nonprofit, Boston Soccer 2026, to advocate for games in Foxborough.Sean Smyth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.