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Vancouver first city chosen to host FIFA World Cup 2026

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 16 Jun, 2022 02:32 PM
  • Vancouver first city chosen to host FIFA World Cup 2026

Amazing news coming out of the world of sports. For all soccer enthusiasts Vancouver is the first city chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. 

The WorldCup2026 host cities in the West:

1. Vancouver 2. Seattle 3. San Francisco 4. Los Angeles 5. Guadalajara

No word yet on how many games Vancouver will host.

BC Place is the chosen venue where all the matches will be played in Vancouver. BC Place was the stadium where the Women's World Cup Final was held in 2015. 

BC Premier John Horgan expressed his enthusiasm on Vancouver being selected as a host.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport Melanie Mark was thrilled on hearing the news of Vancouver being selected and shared her excitement via a Twitter post.

B.C. pulled out of contention back in 2018 with Premier John Horgan citing the unknown costs of hosting the event. The province jumped back in last summer after FIFA came back to the Province. 

The stadium’s artificial turf was replaced in January but grass must be installed before it can host World Cup games in 2026.

The cost of the renovations have not been calculated, Mark said, but B.C. is expecting to spend between $240-million and $260-million on hosting the tournament.

Edmonton also made a bid to be a host.

On the other hand, the Mayor of Edmonton Amarjeet Sohi shared his sentiments with Edmonton not being chosen for FIFA World Cup 2026.

Montreal dropped out of Canada’s bid last August after the Quebec provincial government withdrew its support, citing cost overruns that would have been difficult to justify to taxpayers.

There are 80 games that will be divided between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It is anticipated that the US will be awarded most of the games, from the quarterfinals to the championship game.

Photo courtesy of IStock.

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