The city of Vancouver has been reportedly back on bidding host for World Cup 2026 after pulling out of the race in 2018 due to the lack of transparency in finance.
Vancouver has been confirmed as one of the three host cities in Canada in the next edition of world cup final round along with Edmonton and Toronto after FIFA officials visited the main venue, BC Place Stadium last week. It will be a relief for Canadians who were about to lose their three-city hosting rights since only two of them remains. The third one in the previous formation after Vancouver was pulling out, Montreal, left the bidding race in 2021 because of the financial issue. It was bound to be replaced by another city in USA.
The minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports of British Columbia, Melanie Clark, stated that it was the rare opportunity to host such spectacular sporting event as FIFA World Cup and would be great for tourism. She believed such could help normalising the economy which has been impacted by world pandemic in the past two years, especially in sport and tourism industry. Roughly, hosting World Cup could potentially generate revenue up to approximately $1 billion from 2026 onwards.
World Cup 2026 itself marks the beginning of a new football era with 48 contestants and brand new preliminary round. Canada will be the joining hosts for the next world cup edition alongside Mexico and USA. However, unlike, their next door which will be hosting 40 out of 60 matches, Canada and Mexico would only be staging 10 games each.
Canada actually have had the experience in hosting two FIFA tournaments, the Women's World Cup in 2015 and FIFA World Cup U20 in 2007. In the former championship, Vancouver held nine games, including the final, while in the latter, the city was not picked.
The world governing body is expected to will be announcing the 16 cities enlisted as the official venues later this month. Unlike Canada and Mexico, whose cities have been confirmed, USA are bound to select only 10 cities out of the 18. Here are those 18 shortlisted stadiums to be selected for the official United 2026 venues:
- Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena California
- SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
- AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
- Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
- NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
- Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
- FedEx Field Stadium, Landover, Maryland
- Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
- Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
- Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
- Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
- Lumen Field Stadium, Seattle, Washington
- Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
- Estadio Akron, Guadalajara
- Estadio BBVA, Monterrey
- BMO Field, Toronto
- The Brick Field, Edmonton
- BC Place Stadium, Vancouver