Boston Expecting Massive Economic Bump

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( – Boston officials expressed enthusiasm on Monday about the city’s opportunity to host seven matches during the 2026 World Cup, a development they see as a significant boost to the local economy. FIFA’s announcement on Sunday included Boston’s Gillette Stadium in Foxborough as one of the venues, with the stadium slated to host five group stage games, one round of 32 match, and a quarterfinal on July 9, 2026.

Mike Loynd, the head of Boston Soccer 26, noted that the city had anticipated hosting around five or six matches without expecting a quarterfinal. The inclusion of a quarterfinal match is seen as a substantial economic advantage due to the increased attention such matches attract.

Martha Sheridan, the leader of Meet Boston, highlighted the unparalleled opportunity that hosting World Cup matches presents. She recalled Foxborough’s history with the World Cup, noting the significant changes since the 1994 World Cup, including the construction of the new Gillette Stadium. Sheridan mentioned a FIFA estimate that hosting the World Cup could bring in $400 million in spending for a city, a figure that will likely need adjustment given Boston’s hosting of seven matches.

Sheridan also emphasized Boston’s resurgence as a major global destination post-pandemic and the positive impact the World Cup will have on the city’s reputation. She pointed out the logistical advantages of the city’s location, with fans able to travel easily between Boston, Philadelphia, and New Jersey for matches.

Brian Bilello, president of the New England Revolution and chair of Boston Soccer 26, spoke about the positive impact the tournament will have on soccer in the region, reinforcing Boston and Massachusetts as key soccer hubs in the U.S.

The World Cup’s expansion to 48 nations and the increase in matches from 64 to 104 will extend the tournament’s duration and bring a total of 78 matches to the U.S., with the remainder split between Mexico and Canada. The U.S. national team will prepare in suburban Atlanta and play its group stage matches in California and Seattle.

This hosting opportunity is seen as a milestone for Boston and the surrounding region, promising economic benefits, enhanced global visibility, and a boost to local soccer culture.

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