Vancouver and Toronto chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Other host cities include Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and New York in the United States, and Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara in Mexico.

Edmonton, which was also on the list, was ultimately not chosen.

A total of 22 cities competed in Canada, the United States and Mexico, triple partners of the world event.

The three candidate cities in Mexico were selected, while 11 of the 16 candidate cities were chosen in the United States.

The United States will host the majority of the World Cup matches, including all of the quarterfinal matches.

Toronto and Vancouver should share a total of ten games.

Necessary reforms

Toronto Mayor John Tory enthusiastically endorsed Queen City’s 2018 bid. BMO field it has hosted numerous friendlies and qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup for the senior men’s and women’s teams.

Meanwhile, Vancouver hosted 9 soccer matches at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, drawing over 50,000 fans.

In Vancouver, FIFA games will be held at BC Place Stadium, where the Whitecaps normally play.

Photo: Canadian Press/Peter McCabe

To meet FIFA requirements, BC Place Stadium in Vancouver will have to replace its artificial turf with natural grass.

In Toronto, temporary stands will be added to BMO Field so it can accommodate the 40,000 spectators required by the sports organization, while the stadium can normally only accommodate 30,000.

Montreal had toyed with the idea of ​​presenting its candidacy, but withdrew last year citing a lack of funding caused by the withdrawal of support from the Quebec government.

Montreal’s withdrawal influenced the choice to relaunch Vancouver’s bid, which had been withdrawn from the list of potential host cities in 2018.

Celebrations in Vancouver and Toronto

BC Provincial Tourism and Sports Minister Melanie Mark was at BC Place Stadium with other government officials and indigenous leaders during the FIFA announcement.

He rose to applause as soon as Vancouver was confirmed as the host city.

In a press release, the minister says that she is glad news, which she believes will benefit the province’s tourism industry.

This event will attract visitors from all over the world, and we know that when visitors come to British Columbia for the first time, they come back again and again, while promoting British Columbia to others.

The same story as Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, who describes the city’s election as an opportunity that never comes. only once per generationboth for football fans and for the tourism sector.

Toronto’s BMO Field will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup matches.

Photo: Canadian Press/Chris Young

The City of Toronto also says it expects beneficial economic impacts, especially for the tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries.

There is no bigger sporting tournament on the planet, and this will be an opportunity to welcome the world and showcase all that our city has to offer to an international audience.says its mayor, John Tory, who jumped for joy when he learned that Toronto was chosen along with other North American cities.

A city report released in March estimated the economic impact of the World Cup on the local economy at $307 million. The report also foresaw the creation of 3,300 jobs and the arrival of 174,000 tourists.

Costs are estimated at $290 million to host five games, with two-thirds of the bill paid by the Ontario government and the federal government. The city of Toronto expects to pay about $73.8 million.

Disappointment in Edmonton

For his part, the mayor of Edmonton is upset that the Alberta city was unsuccessful despite the support it received from the province, the federal government and its residents.

I am proud of our endeavor and will explore other avenues to promote Edmonton on the international stage, Amarjeet Sohi said in a press release. I wish the recently announced Host Cities every success in 2026.

Amarjeet Sohi was at Commonwealth Stadium with football fans at the time of FIFA’s announcement.

Like him, Alberta Culture Minister Ron Orr expressed in a statement from his disappointment. He says the Alberta government has worked hard and has committed to spending a significant amount of money to support the provincial capital’s bid.

Commonwealth Stadium is the largest in western Canada and would make an excellent host, he says. While you won’t get a chance to watch the games here, I hope fans visiting Canada will take the opportunity to travel to Alberta and experience our world-class hospitality, quaint and vibrant cities.

With information from Raphaël Guillemette

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