Vancouver 'still game' for World Cup bid despite cost concerns

Vancouver 'still game' for World Cup bid despite cost concerns

Vancouver 'still game' for World Cup bid despite cost concerns

"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. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, identified as potential Canadian candidate cities, have already endorsed the bid. Their unified bid has to be submitted by the end of the week, and FIFA's decision is expected in mid-June.

Beare's statement came after she learned Wednesday morning the bid committee dropped Vancouver as a potential host city for the World Cup.

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the province and United 2026 "couldn't agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs". "This is of course something fans would be looking forward to, but we have to take a look at all the opportunities surrounding it and all the risks surrounding it".

But B.C. Liberal MLA Jas Johal alleged in question period that an internal deadline to be part of the bid passed on Monday - something which Beare would neither confirm or deny. "I have to make sure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for unknown costs at the whim of Federation Internationale de Football Association".

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"Throughout this process, we have been in regular contact with the bid committee and other levels of government to support this bid, while protecting taxpayers. I'm not prepared to sign off on that", he said.

"B.C.'s taking a look at the opportunity".

"There's been many months, even years put into this proposal, and at the last second to pull out. the government shouldn't have done that", he said. The bid could still go forward, but without Vancouver as a host city. City staff was working with a local advisory group, which included Whitecaps' president Bob Lenarduzzi, to bring three to five games to B.C. Place Stadium. "And they have declined to negotiate with the province regarding the concerns we raised", Beare said in a release.

"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.

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