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World Cup announces initial Gillette Stadium dates

FIFA has officially announced when Gillette Stadium will host the 2026 World Cup. There will be seven soccer matches taking place in "Boston" for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will actually be at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The stadium will host seven matches total, including five group stage matches, one from the round of 32, and finally, one quarterfinal match. That means up to 14 national teams could compete on the Gillette Stadium pitch come 2026. MORE: Revs' Christian Makoun named to Team Venezuela for World Cup Qualifiers The quarterfinal match will mark the biggest World Cup event to be held in Massachusetts since the 1994 quarterfinal between Spain and Italy, which took place on July 9, 1994 at Foxboro Stadium. Here are the official dates for all seven Gillette Stadium World Cup matches: Saturday, June 13, 2026: Group Stage Tuesday, June 16, 2026: Group Stage Friday, June 19, 2026: Group Stage Tuesday, June 23, 2026: Group Stage Friday, June 26, 2026: Group Stage Monday, June 29, 2026: Round of 32 Thursday, July 9, 2026: Quarterfinal The Boston Consulting Group is projecting "nearly half a million" visitors to the Greater Boston area for the 2026 World Cup, and an "economic impact" of $500 million. According to World Cup Boston, multiple organizations, including Kraft Sports & Entertainment, are "working hard to ramp up coordinated efforts to ensure visitors experience Boston like never before." Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Check out all of Matt's content. [select-listicle listicle_id="269879" syndication_name="changes-patriots-fans-can-expect-at-gillette-stadium-in-2023" description="yes"]

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