Canada bangs the drum for United 2026 bid, committing cities and cash

Premier John Horgan speaks to reporters at the B.C. legislature

"The city is extremely disappointed that Vancouver's bid to be a Federation Internationale de Football Association 2026 World Cup host city is now not being considered, as we believe hosting the biggest sporting event on earth would have offered significant economic benefits", the statement said.

The province owns BC Place, and would have beenon the hook for a portion of the cost for things like security, parking, and modifications to the playing surface, if Vancouver was selected. It's expected Canada would host 10 games, likely at two cities, if the bid was successful.

"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.

The federal government has officially thrown its support behind North America's unified bid to host the 2026 World Cup, but B.C. says it's reluctant to get on board.

"We submitted our second bid last night and this morning we received notification that [United 2026] have not accepted the bid", Tourism Minister Lisa Beare told reporters at the British Columbia Legislature on Wednesday. "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". "I have to make sure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for unknown costs at the whim of Federation Internationale de Football Association".

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"B.C.'s taking a look at the opportunity. I'm just not prepared to sign off on that and nor is the minister of finance".

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

Elligott, a member of the Vancouver City Bid Advisor Group, is curious to know what was the financial sticking point between the United 2026 and the province that doomed the Vancouver bid.

She says the committee has also declined to negotiate with the province over concerns raised about the risk and obligations for taxpayers.

Liberal legislator Jas Johal said he doesn't understand why B.C.is out of the World Cup bid. The bid could still go forward, but without Vancouver as a host city.

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