Vancouver and Toronto have been 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 ultimately not selected.

A total of 22 cities in Canada, the United States and Mexico, triple partners of the global event, competed.

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

The United States will host most World Cup games, including all quarterfinal games.

Toronto and Vancouver are said to share ten games in total.

Necessary renovations

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

Vancouver, on the other hand, hosted 9 soccer matches at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and attracted over 50,000 fans.

In Vancouver, FIFA games are held at BC Place Stadium, where the Whitecaps usually play.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Peter McCabe

However, both cities need to carry out works to adapt their stadiums to FIFA requirements.

Vancouver’s BC Place stadium needs to replace its artificial turf with a natural turf, while Toronto’s BMO Field needs to be expanded to accommodate up to 40,000 spectators when it currently only seats 30,000.

For its part, Montreal had considered presenting its candidacy but backed out last year, citing a lack of funding caused by the Quebec government’s withdrawal of support.

Montreal’s withdrawal influenced the decision to restart the bid from Vancouver, which withdrew from the list of potential host cities in 2018.

Celebrations in Vancouver and Toronto

BC Provincial Minister of Tourism and Sports Melanie Mark was with other government officials and Indigenous leaders at BC Place Stadium during the FIFA announcement.

She rose to applause when Vancouver was confirmed as the host city.

In a press release, the minister says it is her delighted of the news, which she believes will benefit the province’s tourism industry.

This event will attract visitors from all over the world and we know that first-time visitors to British Columbia keep coming back while promoting British Columbia.

Same story from Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, who describes the city’s election as an opportunity that never comes only once per generationfor both football fans and the tourism industry.

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

Photo: The Canadian Press/Chris Young

The City of Toronto also anticipates positive economic impacts, particularly for the tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries.

There is no greater sports tournament on the planet and it will be an opportunity to welcome the world and show an international audience everything our city has to offer.says its mayor, John Tory.

Disappointment in Edmonton

For his part is the mayor of Edmonton disappointed that the City of Alberta’s bid was not selected, despite the support it received from the province, the federal government and its residents.

I am proud of our attempt and will explore other avenues to promote Edmonton on the international stage, Amarjeet Sohi said in a press release. I wish the recently announced Host Cities every success in 2026.

Amarjeet Sohi was with football fans at Commonwealth Stadium at the time of FIFA’s announcement.

Alberta Secretary of Culture Ron Orr said so in a statement he made disappointment. He says the Alberta government has worked hard and is committed to investing a significant amount of money to support the bid for provincial capital.

The Commonwealth Stadium is the largest in western Canada and would make an excellent host, he says. While they won’t have the opportunity to watch the games here, I hope fans visiting Canada will take the opportunity to travel to Alberta and experience our world-class hospitality, quaint and vibrant cities.

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