BC World Cup bid?

Canada bangs the drum for United 2026 bid, committing cities and cash

Canada bangs the drum for United 2026 bid, committing cities and cash

With just days to go before the two 2026 World Cup contenders have to hand in their bid books to FIFA, Moroccan officials have met with a key group of Asian nations to try and gain crucial support ahead of the vote in June.

A joint U.S., Canada and Mexico bid for the World Cup was supposed to have been finalized by March 16.

The Liberals criticized the provincial government for not backing the bid. Should the unified bid win, Canada would be the only country to have hosted them all. One of those cities could be Vancouver.

Premier John Horgan says he would like to see World Cup soccer games at B.C. Place in Vancouver, but not at any price. Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton have also been identified as potential candidates. Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association, said that money would be used during the transition period from when the bid is awarded to when FIFA essentially takes over running the tournament.

"I have a higher obligation than just being a soccer fan".

"Let's also ensure the costs to taxpayers are not out of control", he said. The B.C. Liberal opposition said the province has a history of hosting successful global sporting events and it could be missing out.

The federal government is promising up to $5 million in immediate help should the unified bid for the men's tournament win.

"Two million dollars was the investment for the Women's World Cup and we generated $118 million". Legislature member Jas Johal says the government's "dithering" could mean B.C. loses an opportunity to help host the event.