Mercedes-Benz will be known as Atlanta Stadium for 2026 World Cup

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is shown on Northside Drive, Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Atlanta. Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be referred to by its bought name during the 2026 World Cup. Instead, FIFA will refer to the $1.6-billion venue by a more generic moniker, Atlanta Stadium. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

Credit: Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Credit: Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is shown on Northside Drive, Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Atlanta. Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be referred to by its bought name during the 2026 World Cup. Instead, FIFA will refer to the $1.6-billion venue by a more generic moniker, Atlanta Stadium. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

In a FIFA peculiarity, Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be referred to by its bought name during the 2026 World Cup.

Instead, FIFA will refer to the $1.6-billion venue by a more generic moniker, Atlanta Stadium, according to a stadium spokesman.

Why?

FIFA prohibits the use of corporate sponsors in stadium names.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is shown on Northside Drive, Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Atlanta. Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be referred to by its bought name during the 2026 World Cup. Instead, FIFA will refer to the $1.6-billion venue by a more generic moniker, Atlanta Stadium. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

Credit: Jason.Getz@ajc.com

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Credit: Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Other details are unclear.

Stadium officials said they don’t yet know what that prohibition means for any other Mercedes-Benz signage in or on the building, which includes the carmaker’s logo on its retractable roof.

Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz will host eight games in the 2026 World Cup, including one of the semifinals. The stadium will host matches on June 15, June 18, June 21, June 24 and June 27 in the group stage. It will host a knockout round match on July 1, and a Round of 16 match on July 7 ahead of the semifinal on July 15. Grass will also need to be installed as the playing surface for the World Cup.

Mercedes-Benz signed a naming rights deal with the stadium in 2015 that runs for 27 years.

The prohibition won’t affect the SheBelieves Cup or Copa America matches that will be held in Atlanta this spring and summer.

FIFA lists on its website six corporate partners, none of which are Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is listed as a sponsor.

The same name rule will hold true for the other 10 venues in the United States. All have corporate sponsors with Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, NRG Stadium in Houston, GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, Fla., MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. and Lumen Field in Seattle. In addition, BMO Field in Toronto would be called by another name. In all, 12 of the 16 stadiums in North America that will host games have sponsorships.

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Atlanta United’s 2024 schedule

Feb. 24 at Columbus, 2 p.m.

March 9 vs. New England, 7:30 p.m.

March 17 vs. Orlando, 7 p.m., FS1

March 23 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

March 31 vs. Chicago, 3:30 p.m., FOX

April 6 at NYCFC, 7:30 p.m.

April 14 vs. Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m., FOX

April 20 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

April 27 at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

May 4 vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

May 11 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

May 15 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

May 18 at Nashville, 1:30 p.m.

May 25 vs. LAFC, 7:30 p.m.

May 29 at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

June 2 vs Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., FOX

June 15 vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m.

June 19 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

June 22 at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.

June 29 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

July 3 at New England, 7:30 p.m.

July 6 at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

July 13 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

July 17 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m.

July 20 vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 vs. Nashville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 vs. Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Orlando, 6 p.m.

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