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MetLife Stadium Set to Host 2026 World Cup

New Jerseys very own MetLife Stadium will be hosting the World Cup in 2026. This came as part of a winning North American Bid to host the games. Under the terms of the deal, the U.S. will be hosting 60 games, while Mexico and Canada will be hosting 10 matches each.

MetLife Stadium received this news the day before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Began in Moscow. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford is the recommended site for the final match of the 2026 soccer extravaganza.

After multiple reports were published talking about how New Jersey would host the 2026 championship game, MetLife Stadium stated:

“FIFA will make the final selection of host cities and match locations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup from the 23 candidates proposed in the united bid. FIFA will make those decisions in 2020-2021. Metlife Stadium was included in the bid book as a recommended site for the final and we look forward to working with FIFA to finalize plans in the coming years.”

16 stadiums that stretched from Edmonton, Canada, to Mexico City will hold games for the world cup. Ten of these venues are held in the U.S. The rest are split evenly between Canada and Mexico.

Gov. Phil Murphy expressed hope the North Jersey venue also will be chosen to host some earlier matches, in addition to serving as the final-game venue. Murphy also stated:

“MetLife Stadium is an internationally renowned facility with first-class amenities,” Murphy said. “The Meadowlands region includes hundreds of hotels to house fans from all over the world and first-rate entertainment, shopping and dining, all just across the river from New York City.”

The U.S. last hosted the quadrennial tournament in 1994. This year, the U.S. team failed to qualify for a spot in the World Cup. The North American bid beat out Morocco for the 2026 tourney in a 134-65 vote.

North American soccer reportedly spent over $6 million to promote the winning proposal to host the 2026 World Cup.

HIP NJ’S WEEKEND RECAP: JUNE 8-10

Miss out on a full event weekend in New Jersey? Thats ok because #HipNJ has got you covered on what you missed this weekend!

Tony Award Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen Receives Special Tony Award June 10

Bruce Springsteen made a rare television appearance Sunday night to perform during the 72nd annual ceremony where he was given a Special Tony Award for his ongoing engagement Springsteen on Broadway, which has had a sold-out run. Fellow icon Billy Joel took the stage to give him the award.

Lighthouse international film festival

Lighthouse International Film Festival June 8-10

The Lighthouse Film Festival hit Long Beach Island, NJ this weekend! This years film festival featured shorts, documentaries and family films, as well as panel discussions with leading film industry professionals, and featured films. The festival celebrates four days of new, exciting and challenging films in honor of Long Beach Island’s historic Barnegat Lighthouse.

OMIRI and Brigada Víctor Jara

OMIRI and Brigada Víctor Jara World Music June 8

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presented an evening of traditional and cutting-edge Portuguese folk music, featuring a double-bill of that country’s most exciting musical acts: the venerable folk ensemble Brigada Víctor Jara, and OMIRI, a cutting-edge project that mixed rural traditions with today’s urban culture.

West Side Eats

West Side Eats June 9-10

More than 20 eateries were able to set up shop on the Intrepid Museum’s Pier 86 and offer a sampling of the local fare. Guests were able to hear live music and enjoy the waterfront while eating and drinking al fresco from popular Hell’s Kitchen haunts.

POUR INTO SUMMER WINE FESTIVAL

Pour Into Summer Wine Festival June 9-10

The Pour Into Summer Wine festival was back for their 7th year, and was held at a new location, Veterans Bicenteninal Park in Beach Haven. Festival goers were able to relax while enjoying the sampling and purchasing of 200 refreshing NJ wines, live music, shop artisan crafters works, as well as eat some of the delicious foods served up by local restaurants.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Strawberry Festival June 9-10

Strawberry Festival Weekend was filled with activities, attractions, vendors, food, and lots of family fun. People that attended were able to pick as many strawberries as they wanted and have fun in their brand new activities area!

World Dog Expo 2018 June 9-10

This spectacular event celebrated dogs everywhere on a large–scale, cutting-edge multimedia format. With multiple stages, attendees were able to enjoy caliber events. The World Dog Experience provided opportunities for dogs and their human parents to participate together in sports, education, training and other bonding experiences. The show worked to promote dog rescue, fostering, and adoption!

WILDWOOD BEER FEST

Wildwood Beer Fest June 9

The beer tasting event celebrated the art of locally brewed craft beer. Guests were able to access 100+ brewed beers, a commemorative tasting cup, live tunes, delicious food, craft vendors and special exhibits!

7TH ANNUAL TRICKY TRAY “ONE NIGHT ON BROADWAY”

7th Annual Tricky Tray “One Night On Broadway” June 9

The fundraising event featured over 200 baskets of fabulous prizes including smart TVs, designer bags, vacation getaways and much more. Guests were able to try out their luck on the electronic wheel, designer pocketbook game, gift card apron, calendar board and other fun games!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Named Top West Orange Business

The Wilshire Grand Hotel was named top West Orange Business, and #HipNJ was there for it all!

Our very own Lisa Marie Latino reported live from the Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Night, which took place at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange.

The event was held to recognize police officers, firefighters and local educators to celebrate their loyal service to the community. 

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Board Member Susan McCarthey told Latino about the buiding’s green initiatives. “Electric charging stations, solar roofs and a lot more of going green,” she said.

Throughout the years, The Wilshire Grand Hotel has received a number of awards in a variety of categories. The hotel has also consistently received the Certificate of Excellence, along with the Green Leader Award from Tripadvisor. 

To learn more about The Wilshire Grand Hotel, click here