President of NY Red Bulls says he wants the organization to be part of 2026 World Cup experience
The news that the 2026 World Cup finals will be played in New Jersey is bringing a lot of excitement to the Garden State – including to the president and general manager of the New York Red Bulls team.
“The world will see that we can put on a great event, how exciting it can be and how much passion there is for this game locally,” says Marc De Grandpre.
The final will be played at MetLife Stadium. FIFA made the announcement Sunday at a Miami television studio, allocating the opener of the 39-day tournament to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on June 11 and the finale to the home of the NFL's New York Jets and Giants.
“We're a diverse community and I believe that was part of the selection committee's decision to host the final here. The make-up of our community between New York and New Jersey, what we represent globally and what we can bring to life,” says De Grandpre.
The Red Bulls play in Harrison, not far from MetLife. De Grandpre says his organization is working closely with the bid committee to make sure the Harrison facility is part of the World Cup activities.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.