England and Wales propose “biggest Men’s Hockey World Cup ever” for 2026

The joint bid proposes hosting the final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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England Hockey and Hockey Wales are thinking big for the 2026 Men’s Hockey World Cup. Really big.

The two national governing bodies have laid out their plans for their bid, with a pledge to take the event to new cities and new fans, along with a final at football’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can seat nearly 63,000 spectators.

The proposal calls for a third of the tournament to be played outside London at two rugby stadiums: Cardiff Arms Park and cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens. More than 300,000 tickets would be available at “affordable prices,” starting at just five pounds.

“All of us within the sport know how amazing hockey is,” said England Hockey chief executive Nick Pink. “With the Commonwealth Games currently taking place in Birmingham we’ve seen great support for international hockey. This event showcases the best the sport has to offer on the pitch, and also creates a platform to build a lasting social impact through the sport across the United Kingdom.”

The England/Wales bid isn’t the only joint bid for 2026 as Belgium and the Netherlands have teamed up to bid for the World Cup. Germany and South Africa are also submitting solo bids.

Commonwealth Games - Hockey - Men - Pool A - Scotland v South Africa - University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash centre, Birmingham, Britain - August 1, 2022 Scotland's Robert Field in action REUTERS/Phil Noble
Commonwealth Games - Hockey - Men - Pool A - Scotland v South Africa - University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash centre, Birmingham, Britain - August 1, 2022 Scotland's Robert Field in action REUTERS/Phil Noble

A decision on the 2026 host country or countries will be taken at the International Hockey Federation executive meeting on November 3, with an announcement to follow the following day.

The only time the Men’s Hockey World Cup was held in the U.K. was 1986 in London. The next edition will be in India January 13-29, 2023. India also hosted in 1982, 2010 and 2018.