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Vancouver and Toronto chosen as host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Other host cities are 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 were competing in Canada, the United States and Mexico, triple partners of the global event.

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

The United States will host most of the World Cup matches, including all quarter-final matches.

Toronto and Vancouver are expected to share a total of ten games.

Renovations needed

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

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

In Vancouver, FIFA matches will take place at BC Place Stadium, where the Whitecaps normally play.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Peter Mccabe

To meet FIFA requirements, Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium will need to replace its artificial turf with natural turf.

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

Vancouver’s BC Place stadium will have to replace its artificial turf with a natural one, while Toronto’s BMO Field will have to be expanded to accommodate up to 40,000 spectators, while currently it can only accommodate 30,000. .

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

The Montreal withdrawal influenced the decision to relaunch Vancouver’s candidacy, which had withdrawn from the list of potential host cities in 2018.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.

She stood up to applaud as soon as Vancouver was confirmed as the host city.

In a statement, the minister said yes enchanted of the 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.

Same story as the mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart, who describes the choice of the city as an opportunity that never comes only once per generationboth for football fans and for the tourism sector.

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

Photo: The Canadian Press / Chris Young

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

There is no bigger sports tournament on the planet, and it will be an opportunity to welcome the world and show everything our city has to offer to an international audience.says its mayor, John Tory, who gasps for joy when he learns that Toronto has been chosen along with other North American cities.

A city report released in March estimated the World Cup’s economic impact on the local economy at $ 307 million. The report also predicted 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 approximately $ 73.8 million.

Disappointment in Edmonton

For his part, the mayor of Edmonton is disappointed that the Alberta city offer was not selected despite support received from the province, the federal government and its residents.

I am proud of our attempt 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 the best success in 2026.

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

Like him, Alberta Minister of Culture Ron Orr spoke out in his statement disappointment. He says the Alberta government has worked hard and pledged to invest a substantial amount of money to support the offer for the provincial capital.

Commonwealth Stadium is the largest in western Canada and would make a great host, he says. While they won’t have the opportunity to see the games here, I hope fans visiting Canada take the opportunity to travel to Alberta and experience our premium hospitality, our quaint and vibrant cities.

With information from Raphaël Guillemette

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