Breaking down Canada’s potential 2026 World Cup venues
Canadian soccer fans, rejoice. Canada will finally get the chance to host the World Cup.
Announced Wednesday morning, Canada joined forces with the United States and Mexico form a “United Bid” for the 2026 World Cup and ended up beating out fellow finalist Morocco 134-65.
It’s exciting news for any Canadian footy fan, but it also begs a few questions about how the Great White North will be involved, especially logistically.
At the moment, between the three nations, there are 23 candidate host cities that will be whittled down to 16. Of these 23, Canada has three in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton.
16 host cities.
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— United 2026 (@united2026) June 13, 2018
Vancouver, despite hosting World Cup qualifying matches in the past, withdrew from the United Bid back in March, so it won’t be involved.
It’s expected that all three Canadian sites will get games, but that’s yet to be decided, and could come down to a number of reasons, including the actual stadiums themselves.
The three venues in question are Toronto’s BMO Field, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium and Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
Here’s a closer look at what each location has to offer.
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BMO Field – Toronto
BMO Field. (Thomas Dagg)
Capacity: 30,000 (expandable to 40,000)
Notable international soccer events hosted: 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
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