Province of British Columbia and City of Vancouver announce BC Place as candidate venue for FIFA 2026 World Cup

Vancouver joins Edmonton and Toronto as Canadian candidate cities for hosting matches in Canada-US- Mexico hosted Men’s World Cup.

April 14, 2022 – Vancouver BC

The City and Province that has already hosted a World’s Fair (Expo 86) an Olympic Winter Games (2010), and FIFA Women’s World Cup matches (2015) is now hopeful of adding another major international event, with today’s announcement of a formal bid to host games in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.  Read Melanie Mark's, (Minister of Sport Tourism Arts, Culture and Sport) comments on Vancouver's confirmation as Canadidate Host City.

Currently, there are 22 (before the addition of Vancouver) Candidate Host Cities competing to become one of the 16 Official Host Cities.  Match schedules will not be determined until 2023, with competing Nations not finalized until the Official Draw in December 2025.  Vancouver and British Columbia were invited to revisit the hosting opportunity by FIFA in 2021, and since then have been reviewing the hosting obligations and evaluating the feasibility of the FIFA World Cup 2026.

BC Place was a spectacular venue for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final and will require minimal alterations.  The 2015 event also brought international attention to Vancouver, with several countries basing their broadcast centres in Jack Poole Plaza, capitalizing on scenic Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains as a backdrop.

Apart from a world-class venue, Vancouver and British Columbia boast people with the expertise to host these kinds of international level events, in a community known for its hospitality and volunteer spirit. 

“As a diverse and multicultural city, if Vancouver is ultimately successful in its bid for games, you can guarantee that no matter which nation is drawn to play at BC Place, it will have vibrant representation from its supporters.” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director.

BC Soccer wishes the City of Vancouver and Province of British Columbia the best of luck in the next phase of this process.

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