Vancouver's participation in 2026 World Cup bid thrown into doubt

Vancouver's participation in 2026 World Cup bid thrown into doubt

Vancouver's participation in 2026 World Cup bid thrown into doubt

British Columbia Tourism Minister Lisa Beare said yesterday that the province, which hosted the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup, could not agree with the terms of the host contract put forward by the United Bid Committee. "And they have declined to negotiate with the province regarding the concerns we raised", she said in a statement.

Beare says the bid committee has rejected requests to clarify how much the province would be expected to contribute to the cost of hosting games.

Beare says the province has been working with the United Bid Committee for several weeks and has now put it in their corner to get Vancouver back in the game to host World Cup contests.

Horgan said his government has told the North American bid committee it wants to see World Cup soccer in Vancouver, but "not at any cost".

Vancouver, site of the 2015 Women's World Cup final, won't be included in the United 2026 bid that must be submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association by Friday. The bid could still go forward, but without Vancouver as a host city.

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

Some of the costs revealed for Vancouver were $10 million to $20 million needed to create a 35-day long festival for fans, where the public could view live games at sites similar to those created for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"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. "This would include traffic management plans, bylaw enforcement, sanitation and potentially lost revenue such as lost parking meter revenue. However, the city was all-in and hopeful that the federal and provincial governments would be able to arrive at a fair deal", he said in a statement. "There are a lot of opportunities in hosting an event like that, including exposing millions of people to our sport ... and bringing the world to our city".

"I hold no bitterness and I'm not close enough to the process to know what held (the B.C. government) back", he said.

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