Vancouver replaces Montreal as the site of the Canada 2026 World Cup

BC Place in British Columbia, Vancouver, has been added as a proposed venue in Canada to host 2026 World Cup matches along with Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto.

FIFA made the announcement on Thursday, nine months after Montreal dropped out when the Quebec provincial government withdrew its support.

Vancouver made an initial offer in 2017, then said in March 2018 that it had been rejected because it refused to comply with FIFA requirements, including tax exemptions and the establishment of agreements under the law. Swiss.

Eighteen US stadiums across 17 regions are vying for the event, with the Los Angeles area submitting both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of the 1994 World Cup Final. Three cities in Mexico are candidates.

FIFA has targeted mid-May to announce venue selections.

FIFA also said that Amy Hopfinger, director of events for the United States Soccer Federation, will become head of strategy and planning for FIFA’s United States branch for the 2026 World Cup. Hopfinger, 41 , has worked at the USSF for 18 years.

Dan Flynn will become the subsidiary’s Senior Executive Advisor. The 67-year-old served as the USSF’s chief executive from June 2000 to September 2019.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first with 48 nations and the first with three co-hosts. FIFA selected the bid as joint host in June 2018.

Sixty games are to be played in the United States, including all from the quarter-finals. Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each.

The bid plan called for a total of 16 venues for the tournament.

The bid had been narrowed down to 23 candidate areas by March 2018, including Montreal. The remaining areas and stadiums:

UNITED STATES

Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium; Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium; Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium; Denver, Empower Field at Mile High; East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium; Foxborough, Mass., Gillette Stadium; Houston, NRG Stadium; Inglewood, California, SoFi Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium; Landover, Md., FedEx Field; Miami Gardens, Florida, Hard Rock Stadium; Nashville, Tennessee, Nissan Stadium; Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium; Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl; Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field; Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium; Seattle, Lumen Field.

CANADA

Edmonton, Alberta, Commonwealth Stadium; Toronto, BMO Land; Vancouver, British Columbia, BC Place.

MEXICO

Guadalajara, Akron Stadium; Mexico City, Estadio Azteca; Monterrey, BBVA Stadium.

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