New York/New Jersey to Embrace the World Stage: Official Logo Unveiled for FIFA World Cup 2026™


Announcements in Time Square Concerning NJ/NY Hosting FIFA World Cup 2026 - "We Are 26," "We Are NYNJ" to be Official Brand

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK – Bright lights, palpable excitement, and a shared love for soccer (or 'the beautiful game') colored Times Square yesterday as the official logo and brand for the New York/New Jersey FIFA World Cup 2026™ Host City was launched.

The event was graced by notable figures including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Mayor Eric Adams. Their enthusiasm for the world’s most popular sport was contagious, radiating through the heart of New York City as they addressed fans who gathered for the kickoff event.

Governor Murphy's assertion that "big events are in our blood" hints at the significant impacts the World Cup could bring to the region. Historically, hosting a FIFA World Cup tends to create an upswing in regional economies due to the influx of tourists, elevated consumer spending, and infrastructure development. The creation of jobs is also anticipated, spanning across various sectors from construction to hospitality.

Mayor Adams' emphasis on the city's cultural diversity accentuates New York's readiness to embrace the world, as fans from different countries descend upon the city for the tournament. Over 200 languages and dialects are spoken in NYC, symbolizing the universality of the World Cup, which will feature 48 countries.

The unveiling was a testament to the region’s iconic character. With the official New York/New Jersey 2026 logo showcased on Times Square billboards and landmarks across the region lighting up in Lady Liberty green, the stage is set for a remarkable blend of culture, entertainment, and football to take center stage.

The event also marked the culmination of a significant collaboration between FIFA and the 16 Host Cities, according to Colin Smith, FIFA COO World Cup. Each Host City brand has been meticulously designed to embody its unique culture and heritage, presenting an exciting prospect for millions of fans come 2026.

In line with the launch, portraits commissioned by FIFA, Host Cities, broadcasters, and brands showcasing local heroes, youth soccer players, and iconic landmarks highlighted the vibrant community spirit and diversity that will greet fans in 2026.

The anticipation for the FIFA World Cup 2026™ is escalating. With three Host Countries, 16 Host Cities, and 48 teams uniting for 104 matches, this sporting extravaganza promises not just an exciting new tournament format but also an opportunity for New York/New Jersey to leverage its dynamic and diverse cultural heritage on a global platform.

As the countdown to 2026 begins, the region is primed to showcase its robust infrastructure, cosmopolitan appeal, and passion for soccer, marking a monumental chapter in its rich sporting history. This World Cup will undoubtedly provide a significant economic and cultural stimulus, leaving a lasting legacy for the region and its inhabitants.

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