Vancouver loses FIFA World Cup bid for 2026

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Expanded FIFA World Cup could include games in Vancouver.

Premier John Horgan says he would like to see World Cup soccer games at B.C. Place in Vancouver, but not at any price. The presenters told council total costs for Vancouver were not finalized because Federation Internationale de Football Association had to first decide in June which country or countries will get the 2026 event; Morocco is the only competing bid.

The British Columbia government confirmed that Vancouver won't be among the four Canadian cities included in the bid submitted by the USA, Canada and Mexico.

"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.

"Let's also ensure the costs to taxpayers are not out of control", he said.

Members across the aisle are criticizing the province for its hesitation, saying B.C.'s bid has been years in the making.

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"B.C.'s taking a look at the opportunity. I'm not prepared to sign off on that", he said.

"B.C. residents loves soccer, as do we at the province".

"That is concerning because there's been many months, even years, put into this proposal and this project and at the last minute, to pull out like that, speaks to me about a government in disarray", said Liberal MLA Jas Johal.

"The prospect of hosting the FIFA World Cup is exciting for soccer fans, and has the potential to bring significant economic and cultural benefits to British Columbia", Beare said in a statement on Wednesday.

"There's also an expectation that city services outside of the outer security perimeter that will surround B.C. Place for the competition venue will be provided by the City of Vancouver", said Michelle Collens, the city's manager of sport hosting, who outlined the bid process to council in a January 30 presentation. "And they have declined to negotiate with the province regarding the concerns we raised", she said in a statement.

"I'm hopeful that we're going to see the BC government and federal come to an arrangement that works", Robertson adds. The bid could still go forward, but without Vancouver as a host city.