Seven Canadian cities considered for inclusion in 2026 FIFA World Cup bid

Sportsnet's Craig Forrest and James Sharman talk about the joint bid between Canada, the US, and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and although it would be a prestigious honour, its very much the USA's World Cup.

Nine stadiums across seven Canadian cities will be considered for inclusion in the joint North American bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States released its full list of potential host venues Tuesday.

CITY STADIUM CAPACITY
Calgary McMahon Stadium 35,650
Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium 56,335
Montreal Stade Olympique 61,004
Montreal Stade Saputo 20,801
Ottawa TD Place Stadium 24,341
Regina Mosaic Stadium 30,048
Toronto Rogers Centre 53,506
Toronto BMO Field 28,026
Vancouver BC Place 55,165

There are a total of 49 stadiums located across 44 North American cities that will be considered for inclusion in the official pitch that will be sent by the United Bid Committee to FIFA prior to the March 16, 2018 deadline.

In addition to the Canadian options above, there are three stadiums in Mexico plus 37 venues in the United States—two of which, AT&T Stadium and Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, have the potential to hold more than 100,000 fans.

If the North American bid is successful, 60 of the 80 scheduled games would take place in the United States, including all games from the quarter-finals on, with 10 games taking place in Canada and 10 in Mexico.

“Official host cities included in the bid will be critical to the successful United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and we look forward to working with all levels of government and our stakeholders to find the best possible candidate cities in Canada,” Canada Bid director and Canada Soccer general secretary Peter Montopoli stated in a press release. “The 2026 FIFA World Cup is an incredible opportunity for our country to develop the men’s game and ensure that Canada continues as a leading soccer nation for the next generation.”

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