Taylor Swift gigs are helping to decide the venue of 2026 World Cup final

American pop sensation Taylor Swift is reportedly helping to decide where the 2026 World Cup Final is going to be held … albeit indirectly.

Organisers for the tournament, which is being jointly hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, have narrowed their search for the showpiece game to two venues; New Jersey's MetLife Stadium and Texas' AT&T Stadium.

Both grounds are ultra-modern, having been opened in 2010 and 2009 respectively, with capacities of over 80,000, and a final decision may come down to which venue has the most efficient transport links.

According to the Daily Mail, planners have commissioned studies on the increase in traffic delays around the stadiums when staging major events and are considering data from recent Taylor Swift concerts.

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The 33-year-old has performed at both venues this year as part of her ongoing Eras tour, and studies showed that traffic delays around AT&T Stadium were the second-worst on the circuit.

By contrast, there were minimal delays around MetLife Stadium due to the efficient road and rail links in the surrounding area.

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The grounds are two of 16 chosen to stage matches at the World Cup, with three of them in Mexico, two in Canada and the remaining 11 in the US.

The largest of them, Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, holds a whopping 87,000 spectators, while the smallest, Toronto's BMO Field holds a mere 30,000 (though this will be increased to 45,000 by 2026).

FIFA have separated the stadiums into three geographical sections; West, Central and East, meaning that teams won't venture out of their respective regions during the group stage for travel convenience purposes.

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