Toronto, Vancouver selected as host cities for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Toronto and Vancouver have been selected as host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Edmonton was the third Canadian host city bidder, with the intention to play at Commonwealth Stadium, which hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup. But despite showcasing the stadium in Canada’s 2022 World Cup qualifying run last November, Edmonton was not selected.

Vancouver made a resurgence as a host city bidder in April after Montreal dropped out of contention. The Quebec provincial government had withdrawn funding citing cost overruns.

Vancouver’s BC Place, which hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, may need a few changes ahead of 2026. The 54,405-seat stadium offers an artificial turf surface, which is currently not approved for FIFA World Cup games.

Upgrades are also on the docket for Toronto’s BMO Field. The home of MLS’ Toronto FC and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts can currently seat 30,000 fans but the FIFA World Cup standard asks for stadiums holding upwards of 40,000 people.

Toronto and Vancouver will join 12 cities in the United States and three in Mexico.

FULL LIST:

Canada: Toronto, Vancouver

Mexico: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey

USA: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle

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