Inside the £1billion stadium in Dallas chosen to host the 2026 World Cup final: The venue will welcome over 90,000 fans, has one of the world's largest video screens and could stage the showpiece inside for the first time

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The Maracana, Wembley and the Azteca are among the iconic stadiums to have played host to football’s biggest match: The World Cup final.

Just 20 venues have had the honour of providing the stage for final, with the Maracana and the Azteca doing so on two occasions.

On Sunday, FIFA confirmed the AT&T Stadium in Dallas will become the 21st, staging the finale of the 104 match tournament co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The venue emerged as the winner in a two-way battle against the MetLife Stadium in New York.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino had lauded the stadium when he visited back in September, appearing to hint that the venue was set to be chosen.

The AT&T stadium in Dallas has been announced as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup final

The AT&T stadium in Dallas has been announced as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup final

The AT&T stadium in Dallas has been announced as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup final

The £1billion stadium, opened in 2009, is home to five-time NFL winners the Dallas Cowboys

The £1billion stadium, opened in 2009, is home to five-time NFL winners the Dallas Cowboys

FIFA announced the stadium will stage the final of the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026

FIFA announced the stadium will stage the final of the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026

'The stadium is absolutely fantastic,' Infantino said.

'It's incredible to be here... it's important to see all the stadiums, it's important to see what is done for the fans.

'I have to say in America, you are light years ahead compared to the rest of the world.

'So, we're here to learn, we are here to check and we are here to make, and organise, the biggest, biggest World Cup ever.' 

The Swiss official made the comments as he watched the Dallas Cowboys earn a 30-10 win over the New York Jets. It proved to be an omen with Dallas beating New York again to secure 2026 final. 

Clearly, Infantino did not take too much offence to being booed when his face appeared on screen at the venue.

FIFA has described the venue as a 'jaw-dropping example of stadium architecture', adding that it provides a ‘once-in-a-lifetime' visitor experience.

Another factor contributing to stadium's selection is its capacity. While typically boasting a capacity of 80,000 - less than the MetLife's 82,500 - the bid book says the venue will house 92,967 fans during the World Cup.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was among the spectators when the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Jets back in September

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was among the spectators when the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Jets back in September

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (centre), who funded the construction of the venue, was among the officials to greet Infantino and the FIFA delegation on their visit

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (centre), who funded the construction of the venue, was among the officials to greet Infantino and the FIFA delegation on their visit

Infantino claimed that venues in the United States are light years ahead of the rest of the world

Infantino claimed that venues in the United States are light years ahead of the rest of the world

The capacity will be the highest of all the 16 stadiums selected for the expanded 48-team tournament, with the potential for a further expansion to over 100,000 seats.

The stadium has been the home to the Dallas Cowboys since 2009 after the near £1billion project was completed.

Initially known as the Cowboys Stadium, a naming rights agreement with the telecommunications company AT&T was reached in 2014. The stadium has also been dubbed as Jerry World and The Death Star after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Under FIFA's policy of World Cup venues remaining unsponsored, the venue is expected to be known as Dallas Stadium or revert to Cowboys Stadium for the duration of the tournament.

The stadium boasts over 300 luxury suites, ten premium clubs, and club seating on multiple levels, which typically offer premium hospitality during NFL matches and will provide similar during the World Cup.

This includes the Touchdown and Field suites which offer guests unique views from either behind each endzone during matches or from the north or south sidelines. The latter also includes a lounge which lets fans watch players enter and level the field of play via a Draftkings Club.

The stadium also includes Hall of Fame, Owners and Optum Club suites, with the latter claimed to be the best experience in the NFL.

The suite features an all-inclusive Legends club, where chefs serve five-star catering and a bar with service from the city’s top mixologists. Each suite includes granite countertops, plush stadium seating, in-suite private restrooms, while the sightlines are considered to be the best in the venue.

The stadium will have a 92,967 capacity during the World Cup and includes 300 luxury suites

The stadium will have a 92,967 capacity during the World Cup and includes 300 luxury suites

Organisers have claimed the capacity could be boosted to over 100,000 during the World Cup

Organisers have claimed the capacity could be boosted to over 100,000 during the World Cup

The stadium features on of the world's largest HDTV screens, which cost a reported £31.5m

The stadium features on of the world's largest HDTV screens, which cost a reported £31.5m

A retractable roof and climate control could lead to the World Cup final being held indoors for the first time

A retractable roof and climate control could lead to the World Cup final being held indoors for the first time

Prices of the private suites are claimed to range from between £4,700 to £70,000, according to the Suite Experience Group. In their bid book to FIFA, organisers said the stadium can host 10,000 people in luxury suites, as well as a further 15,000 in club seats.

The stadium notably has two arches which support a retractable roof, offering the prospect the World Cup final can be held indoors for the first time in history. 

A closed roof and climate control would enable organisers to play the final on July 19 in a cooler temperature, with Dallas capable of reaching as high a 36°C during the month.

'We have over three million air-conditioned square feet inside the stadium,' Jones said when pitching to host the final.

'The stadium has complete flexibility as to its weather conditions. We can basically have perfect weather.'

Beneath the roof, the stadium boasts a giant HDTV, measured at 160 feet wide and 72 feet tall. The video display was the biggest in the world when the stadium opened.

The giant screen, suspended 28 metres above the pitch, cost a reported £31.5million and took Mitsubishi over one year to construct and four months to install.

The screen is not the only excess at the stadium, which also boasts a world class collection of contemporary art. More than 50 pieces from an international array of curated artists are displayed on walls and public spaces at the venue.

The stadium hosted the Super Bowl in 2011, two years after the venue was officially opened

The stadium hosted the Super Bowl in 2011, two years after the venue was officially opened

The AT&T Stadium has regualrly hosted Gold Cup and Mexico national team football matches

The AT&T Stadium has regualrly hosted Gold Cup and Mexico national team football matches

Barcelona and Real Madrid played a pre-season friendly at the stadium back in July 2023

Barcelona and Real Madrid played a pre-season friendly at the stadium back in July 2023

Canelo Alvarez fight with Billy Joe Saunders in 2021 set a record crowd for a boxing match in the United States

Canelo Alvarez fight with Billy Joe Saunders in 2021 set a record crowd for a boxing match in the United States

The stadium typically hosts NFL events and staged the 2011 Super Bowl, but has repeatedly hosted major events and concerts.

This includes hosting the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, as well as boxing fights featuring the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez's fight with Billy Joe Saunders in 2021 achieved a record 73,126 crowd for a boxing match indoors in the United States.

Increasingly the stadium has welcomed football matches, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea among the leading clubs to have been hosted, as well as the Mexican national team.

Key matches at the CONCACAF Gold Cup have been staged at the venue, while the stadium will also host matches at this summer's Copa America.

The Dallas bid team had stressed these matches showed their experience in switching between turf and grass pitches, with the latter required by FIFA for the World Cup.

'We’ve done this on multiple occasions, modified the boundaries in the stadium, basically cleared out some of the infrastructure at the field level,' Jones said.

'The stadium was built to do that. Not only do we have the flexibility [to install natural] grass, but we also have the ability to configure the actual field size.'

The comment was backed up by Dan Hunt, chairman of Dallas’ World Cup bid and FC Dallas President. Hunt's late father and businessman, Lamar Hunt, was a key figure in the growth of the professional game in the United States in the 1990s and helped deliver the 1994 World Cup.

FC Dallas President Dan Hunt has said the stadium has experience of installing grass surfaces

FC Dallas President Dan Hunt has said the stadium has experience of installing grass surfaces

Hunt claimed the NFL stadium will have to make only minor modifications as it prepares to host football matches at the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Hunt claimed the NFL stadium will have to make only minor modifications as it prepares to host football matches at the 2026 FIFA World Cup

'We’ve proven we can put a grass field in the stadium, and stadium modifications will be minimal,' Hunt said.

'I think a number of venues are struggling with what their modifications will have to be.

'I know a lot of these stadiums well, being in the NFL business, and AT&T looks like it’ll be on the low side of renovations.'

Dallas is also seeking to host the World Cup’s Broadcast Centre and host the referee headquarters during the tournament. 

FIFA previously placed its tournament headquarters and the IBC in the Texan city during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, when Dallas hosted six matches at the Cotton Bowl.

Globe Life Field and Choctaw Stadium, the current and former homes of the Texas Rangers baseball team, have been earmarked to host major fan festivals during the World Cup.

The stadium is set to join the Rose Bowl in becoming US venues to host the men's World Cup final

The stadium is set to join the Rose Bowl in becoming US venues to host the men's World Cup final

'You could cordon off this whole area and do a ticketed event of 200,000+ people, something that has never ever been seen at a World Cup, especially a World Cup final before,' Hunt said in October.

'This would be something that I think would set the record.

'FIFA wants to continue to innovate and by doing this, we're doing something that I'm not sure we'll ever be done again.'

One potential issue facing fans is that the AT&T is not currently accessible through public transport, but Dallas organisers have insisted they are on top of planning.

The stadium is now poised to join the iconic Rose Bowl in California in becoming the second venue in the United States to stage the FIFA Men's World Cup final.

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