2026 World Cup final expected to bring millions to New Jersey’s economy

All eyes will be on East Rutherford, New Jersey when the FIFA World Cup Final is played at MetLife Stadium in July 2026.
It is a huge win for New Jersey and New York City. Leaders expect a $2 billion windfall for the region’s economy.
MetLife Stadium’s 82,000 seats will be filled with soccer fans from around the globe for the FIFA World Cup Final. Along with revenue from visitors and corporate sponsors, the event will provide an extra 14,000 jobs, according to officials.
Fans and small business owners are also excited about the chance to get in on the action.
There will be a guaranteed World Cup watch party at Departed Soles Brewing Company in Jersey City on match nights.
Owner Brian Kulbacki is not only a business owner, but a die-hard Red Bulls fan.
“Obviously, us being in Jersey City so close to the stadium, hopefully, people are coming out to support the local bars and restaurants,” Kulbacki says.
Tickets for the 2026 game are not yet on sale but will be offered at FIFA.com.
The last time the World Cup was held in the United States was in 1994.