Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Vancouver is vying to host games as part of the FIFA 2026 World Cup bid, according to the United Bid committee. The committee is coordinating a bid to host the world’s biggest sporting event in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Seven Canadian cities are included on the United Bid committee’s list of 44 potential host cities. Other cities include Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina and Toronto.
While Vancouver’s bid would only be for games at BC Place Stadium, Toronto and Montreal might have games at two stadiums each. In Montreal, that would be Olympic Stadium and Saputo Stadium while in Toronto, games could be held in Rogers Centre or at BMO Field. The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, with seating capacity for 61,004 people, is the largest among Canadian stadiums.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said, “Vancouver is a world-class host city that has successfully hosted many international sporting events including the 2010 Winter Olympics, the HSBC Rugby World Sevens Series and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is an exciting opportunity for Canadian soccer fans to show off the fantastic fan atmosphere we’ll be able to provide as a host city and be a significant boost to the economy and local businesses.”
The FIFA World Cup takes place every four years and, in 2014 in Brazil, attracted more than 3.4 million spectators from around the world.
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