Will Toronto bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cub? The mayor supports the idea!

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2018

Mayor Tory supports a City of Toronto bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup host city

Today, Mayor John Tory endorsed a City staff report recommending City Council enter into required Host City and Stadium Agreements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

“Hosting the FIFA World Cup is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase Toronto to the world,” said Mayor Tory. “Coming off the success of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the Invictus Games, it is clear that Toronto and Torontonians are ready to be one of the host cities for this iconic event.”

The FIFA World Cup is one of the world's premiere international sporting competitions, attended by thousands of athletes and spectators, and broadcast around the world. It has become one of the world's most watched sporting events, reaching an audience of 3.2 billion people for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The national soccer associations of Canada, the United States of America and Mexico are now leading a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in cities across North America. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the largest ever, with a record 48 nations contesting the Cup at 80 matches over a 30-day period. Canada would automatically qualify for the tournament by virtue of being a host nation. City staff estimate it would cost between $30 million to $45 million to co-host the World Cup but those costs are expected to be shared between the City, the province and the federal government.

The City is proposing BMO Field at Exhibition Place as the stadium for the World Cup supplemented with extra seating. Toronto also has a number of smaller soccer field that could be used as training and practice facilities. 

Overall, this bid opportunity scored highly using these criteria outlined in the Mayor's Advisory Panel on International Hosting Opportunities. The bid builds on Toronto's existing event hosting strengths, creates a foundation for economic, social and cultural legacies, and can be delivered responsibly within acceptable levels of financial and operational risk.

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