Levi's Stadium Likely Hosting Both Super Bowl 60 and World Cup in 2026

Levi's Stadium Likely Hosting Both Super Bowl 60 and World Cup in 2026
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By Tony Ng - Published on May 19, 2023.

If all goes as expected, 2026 will become a year of epic sporting events in the Bay Area. Levi's Stadium seems set to prepare for not one but two major events, Super Bowl 60 and World Cup matches, all happening in the same year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The combination will surely have sports fans marking their calendars and counting down the days.

The NFL owners' meetings are all set to vote next week, with sources expecting the San Francisco 49ers to clinch the bid to host Super Bowl 60 at Levi's Stadium in February 2026, says an ESPN piece, and with Mayor Lisa Gillmor expressing enthusiasm for a potential Super Bowl, it's no surprise that fans and city officials alike are eagerly looking forward to the event.

With the prospect of hosting two major sporting events within months of each other, Levi's Stadium is gearing up by upgrading its premium seating and scoreboard, supported by a $120 million loan from the NFL's stadium fund that was approved back in March, as reported on Niners Nation, ensuring that fans can expect an unparalleled experience during these highly anticipated events.

But it's not just about sports; Mayor Gillmor is focused on ensuring the Bay Area as a whole benefits from these events, noting that "to have two of the major sporting events in the world in our city, within months of each other in the same year, we all have to make sure we're ready" and that it doesn't cost taxpayers a dime, with the city being repaid for all expenses incurred to prepare for the events, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Super Bowl 60 won't be the first time Levi's Stadium takes center stage for a major sports event; it was the venue for Super Bowl 50 back in February 2016, when the Denver Broncos emerged victorious against the Carolina Panthers, and now, the Bay Area fans are set to witness history being made once again, as reported on The Athletic.

The excitement around these forthcoming sporting events doesn't stop with the fans, as 49ers President Al Guido stated, "If the Bay Area has the opportunity, we would be honored to host Super Bowl LX," while CEO Jed York expressed his high optimism and confidence in getting a Super Bowl in the near future, shared via ESPN.

As if hosting two epic sporting events wasn't enough, Levi's Stadium is also looking to push the franchise further into the top echelon by taking advantage of a planned 300-acre retail development adjacent to the stadium, as well as increasing the number of owner's suites by nine, with upgrades and enhancements tied to a $120 million loan from the NFL’s stadium fund, as this Niners Nation article mentioned.