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Toronto, Vancouver among cities selected to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 World Cup is coming to Vancouver and Toronto, however followers in Edmonton will miss out when Canada, the U.S. and Mexico co-host the boys’s soccer match.

FIFA introduced Thursday that the expanded 48-team match will see video games performed in 16 cities throughout North America, together with Vancouver and Toronto, the American cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas Metropolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, and New York/New Jersey. Mexico Metropolis, Monterrey and Guadalajara will host the matches in Mexico.

Edmonton additionally made a bid to be a bunch.

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“We did every part we might to get these matches to Edmonton, as a result of we all know we’re an excellent host metropolis,” mentioned Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi.

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Metropolis officers labored late over the past couple of nights to guarantee FIFA that Edmonton might host video games, he added.

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When the Alberta authorities introduced $110 million in funding for the bid earlier this 12 months, it acknowledged that Edmonton needed to host at the least 5 video games, greater than the bid e-book referred to as for.

“We assured FIFA that if there have been any doubts on the dedication from town, or the circumstances from the province, that we’d work with FIFA to create flexibility,” Sohi mentioned.

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The provincial authorities is dissatisfied Edmonton wasn’t picked, Tradition Minister Ron Orr mentioned in a press release.

“It’s unlucky that soccer followers is not going to expertise the wonder and vibrancy of Edmonton and our province as a complete,” he mentioned.

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“Alberta’s authorities labored laborious and dedicated a major monetary sum to assist the bid alongside. Our province has hosted numerous world-class sporting occasions. Commonwealth Stadium is the most important facility in Western Canada and would play a superb host.”

Canada and Mexico are every anticipated to host 10 video games, with the opposite 60 going to cities throughout the U.S. What number of will matches can be awarded to every metropolis stays to be seen.

B.C. negotiated 5 “pre-matches” along with video games which are a part of the official World Cup schedule, mentioned Melanie Mark, the province’s minister of tourism, arts, tradition and sport.

“I made a dedication as minister that we had been going to get most return for British Columbia and that that is going to be an funding for British Columbians,” she mentioned.

B.C. pulled out of competition again in 2018 with Premier John Horgan citing the unknown prices of internet hosting the occasion. The province jumped again in final summer season, a choice Mark mentioned was primarily based on the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“(B.C. Place) has been empty for 2 years due to the pandemic and we’ve an opportunity to ask these guests right here to come back and keep in our resorts and go to our eating places and store and go to,” she mentioned. “We see this as an funding for the longer term and it’s going to repay.”

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Vancouver’s B.C. Place was first opened in 1983 and is residence to the B.C. Lions of the CFL and Main League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps. It has a capability of about 54,000 and has hosted a number of main sporting occasions, together with the opening and shutting ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics, and the 2015 Ladies’s World Cup, which noticed greater than 50,000 followers on the championship recreation.

The stadium’s synthetic turf was changed in January however grass should be put in earlier than it may well host World Cup video games in 2026.

The price of the renovations haven’t been calculated, Mark mentioned, however B.C. is anticipating to spend between $240 million and $260 million on internet hosting the match.

“We all know that there’s affordability challenges, and whenever you make investments like this, we’ve additionally completed the maths that there’s going to be a return on that funding,” she mentioned. “And we’re taking a look at $1 billion coming to B.C.”

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In Toronto, the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and Toronto FC of MLS each name BMO Subject residence. The stadium was initially constructed as a soccer venue and has a capability of about 28,000.

Maple Leaf Sports activities and Leisure — which owns TFC, and the Argos, in addition to the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Marlies — has mentioned the stadium can be briefly expanded to satisfy FIFA’s minimal capability of 40,000.

A report offered to Toronto metropolis council this spring pegged the price of internet hosting World Cup video games at $290 million. BMO Subject is owned by town of Toronto however managed by MLSE.

Toronto Mayor John Tory watched the announcement at a neighborhood bar, erupting in applause with the remainder of the gang as his metropolis was introduced as a World Cup host.

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“It’s going to be nice for the sport, it’s going to be nice for town, it’s going to be nice for the economic system, it’s going to be nice for the spirit of town,” he mentioned. “This metropolis is the world in a single place, and so it doesn’t matter what groups come to play right here, there’s a group that’s able to cheer them on and able to be loopy with enthusiasm.”

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Tory framed the World Cup as an opportunity to construct Toronto’s legacy, saying hundreds of thousands of individuals will tune into watch the video games, and 1000’s extra will descend on Toronto to look at in particular person.

“That is as a lot in regards to the economic system as it’s about sports activities,” he mentioned. “And our alternative to construct this metropolis up when it comes to what’s already a very good repute, to make an excellent repute and get the most effective on the earth to come back and reside and make investments right here in what I feel is the one biggest place they may come on the earth to do enterprise.”

Montreal dropped out of Canada’s bid final August after the Quebec provincial authorities withdrew its assist, citing price overruns that might have been troublesome to justify to taxpayers.

-With information from Jordan Olmstead in Toronto and Steven Sandor in Edmonton.

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