Vancouver dropped as candidate to host 2026 World Cup matches


"The city is extremely disappointed that Vancouver's bid to be a Federation Internationale de Football Association 2026 World Cup host city is now not being considered, as we believe hosting the biggest sporting event on earth would have offered significant economic benefits", the statement said.

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

The province owns BC Place, and would have beenon the hook for a portion of the cost for things like security, parking, and modifications to the playing surface, if Vancouver was selected.

Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal had been identified as potential candidate cities for the 10 games that Canada would host under the unified bid plan.

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

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, issued a statement Wednesday saying the government met regularly with the bid committee but was not told of "the risks and obligations faced by British Columbians".

"Let's also ensure the costs to taxpayers are not out of control", he said. "The minister should now provide all the facts as to why the B.C. NDP was unable to reach an agreement to participate in this unprecedented chance to promote the province". "I'm just not prepared to sign off on that and nor is the minister of finance". "That adds unknown costs and unknown risks to the B.C. taxpayers". Johal noted other provinces "have come to arrangements" but the government is the lone jurisdiction who has "failed to come to the table".

Johal criticized the government for the uncertainty so close to the deadline.

"The prospect of hosting the FIFA World Cup is exciting for soccer fans, and has the potential to bring significant economic and cultural benefits to British Columbia", she says in a release.

Horgan, however, said joining the bid is still an option and the province is in talks to find a solution that would see the handsome game come to BC Place in 2026.

"We submitted our second bid last night and this morning we received notification that they've not accepted the bid", Beare 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 City of Vancouver signed off on being part of the bid in January.