Vancouver dropped as candidate to host 2026 World Cup matches

Florence Fletcher
March 15, 2018

The bid committee wanted to give Federation Internationale de Football Association [the World Cup governing body] the ability to "unilaterally change the stadium agreement at any point", Beare said.

"It's a great opportunity, as we know".

British Columbia Tourism Minister Lisa Beare said yesterday that the province, which hosted the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup, could not agree with the terms of the host contract put forward by the United Bid Committee.

The B.C. Pavilion Corporation operates BC Place, putting the province on the hook for stadium costs, including the installation of natural grass.

The British Columbia government couldn't come to an agreement with the so-called unified bid committee, representing Canada, the USA and Mexico, to host the men's world soccer showcase.

Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton have been identified as potential Canadian candidate cities and the government says $5 million will be provided should the three-nation bid defeat Morocco on June 13.

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"That adds unknown costs and unknown risks to B.C. taxpayers", she said, noting security and other costs had still not been worked out between governments and the bid committee.

"B.C. residents loves soccer, as do we at the province". "Vancouver remains a city with an exceptional sports hosting history and we look forward to working with the province and our Sport Hosting Vancouver team to identify future worldwide sporting events that bring positive economic and cultural impact to Vancouver".

"B.C.'s taking a look at the opportunity". I have a higher obligation than just wanting to see World Cup soccer in Vancouver. "I have to make sure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for unknown costs at the whim of Federation Internationale de Football Association. I'm not prepared to sign off on that", he said.

"There's been many months, even years put into this proposal, and at the last second to pull out. the government shouldn't have done that", he said.

"It is very disappointing that the World Cup could potentially be hosted by Canada, USA and Mexico and for B.C. not to be a part of it", said Elligott. The bid could still go forward, but without Vancouver as a host city. "And they have declined to negotiate with the province regarding the concerns we raised".

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