January 4, 2017
VANCOUVER SUBMITS BID TO BE A ‘UNITED’ 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP OFFICIAL HOST CITY
Canada is bidding jointly to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the United States and Mexico. The joint ‘UNITED’ bid has announced 41 cities that officially submitted their intent on Thursday September 7th.
Of that list of cities, six are from Canada, including: Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, and Vancouver. Calgary, which was previously identified as a potential host city, is no longer in the running.
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The United Bid Committee will review all submissions and release a shortlist of cities later this fall.
“The host cities that are selected from the list announced today will define the United Bid,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary and Canada Bid Director for the United Bid. “We are pleased that six Canadian cities have completed the Request for Information and we look forward to working closely with these potential host cities in the next steps of preparing a world class bid to secure the 2026 FIFA World Cup for the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States.”
About 20-25 cities will be included in the final bid to FIFA, with at least 12 cities ultimately serving as official host cities. Expect about 2-3 to be from Canada.
The submitted bids provide information about each city’s experience hosting major sporting and cultural events, potential venues, transportation infrastructure, available accommodations, and environmental protection initiatives.