BC at odds with World Cup bid committee, raising concerns over costs


The Canadian government announced its support Tuesday for the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, but it's unknown whether Vancouver will be a part of it.

"We submitted our second bid last night and this morning we received notification that they've not accepted the bid", Beare said.

"British Columbia has proven over and over again that we can host world class events", he said, citing the success of the 2015 Women's World Cup and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Vancouver says it will not be part of the bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup as it could not agree with the terms of the host contract put forward by the United Bid Committee.

An official news release is set to go out tomorrow. "While we support the prospect of hosting the World Cup, we can not agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs". It's expected Canada would host 10 games, likely at two cities, if the bid was successful.

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

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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said his city had been willing.

The Courier left a message with Victor Montagliani, a Vancouver member of the United 2026 bid committee, but it was not returned before this story was posted. "Vancouver remains a city with an exceptional sports hosting history and we look forward to working with the province and our Sport Hosting Vancouver team to identify future global sporting events that bring positive economic and cultural impact to Vancouver".

"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", Beare said.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will vote to decide on the winning bid at their congress on June 13. "That adds unknown costs and unknown risks to the B.C. taxpayers".

The Liberals criticized the provincial government for not backing the bid.

Tourism Minister Lisa Beare confirmed Wednesday that B.C.'s application to include Vancouver in the bid was rejected, because the costs to the province could have been increased at any time.