Vancouver and Toronto selected as host cities for 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 not ultimately selected.

Twenty-two cities took part in the race in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and are triple partners of the global event.

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

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

Toronto and Vancouver should have a total of ten matches.

Renovations needed

Toronto Mayor John Tory enthusiastically endorsed Queen City’s 2018 bid. BMO . field It hosted several friendlies and 2022 World Cup qualifiers for the men’s and women’s national teams.

Meanwhile, Vancouver hosted 9 football matches in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, attracting more than 50,000 fans.

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

Photo: The Canadian Press/Peter McCabe

However, both cities will have to carry out work to upgrade their stadiums to the level of FIFA requirements.

BC Place in Vancouver will have to replace the artificial turf with natural turf, while the BMO Stadium in Toronto will have to expand to accommodate up to 40,000 spectators, while it currently only has a capacity of 30,000.

For its part, Montreal had toyed with the idea of ​​submitting its candidacy, but withdrew last year due to a lack of funding caused by withdrawing support from the Quebec government.

Montreal’s withdrawal affected the option to re-release Vancouver’s nomination, which withdrew from the list of potential host cities in 2018.

Celebrations in Vancouver and Toronto

British Columbia Tourism and Sports Secretary Melanie Mark was at BC Place with other government officials and Indigenous leaders during the FIFA announcement.

I got up to applaud once Vancouver was confirmed as the host city.

The minister said in a press release that she is pleased It’s news that you think 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 BC for the first time, they will return again and again, while promoting BC to others.

The same story is from Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, who describes choosing the city as an opportunity that never comes Only once per generationfor both football fans and the tourism sector.

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

Photo: The Canadian Press/Chris Young

The city of Toronto also says it expects beneficial economic impacts, particularly in the areas of tourism, hospitality and leisure.

There is no bigger sporting tournament on the planet, and it will be an opportunity to welcome the world and show all that our city has to offer to the international audience.says Mayor John Tory.

Disappointment in Edmonton

For his part, the mayor of Edmonton Disappointed The town of Alberta did not succeed despite the support it received from the province, the federal government, and its residents.

“I am proud of our attempt and will explore other ways to promote Edmonton on the international stage,” Amarjit Sohee said in a press release. I wish the recently announced host cities the best of success in 2026.

Amarjit Sohee was at the Commonwealth Stadium with football fans at the time of the FIFA announcement.

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

The Commonwealth Stadium is the largest in western Canada and would be an excellent host, he says. Although they don’t get the chance to watch the games here, I hope that fans visiting Canada will take the opportunity to travel to Alberta and experience our warm hospitality and our picturesque and vibrant cities.

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