Vancouver 'still game' for World Cup bid despite cost concerns

Vancouver 'still game' for World Cup bid despite cost concerns

Vancouver 'still game' for World Cup bid despite cost concerns

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said his city had been willing.

Lisa Beare, British Columbia's minister of tourism, arts and culture, said the province and bid committee "couldn't agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs'".

He noted that Canada has hosted every Federation Internationale de Football Association world championship save the men's World Cup.

"So far, the bid committee has rejected our requests to clarify how much British Columbians could be expected to contribute".

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Horgan, however, said joining the bid is still an option and the province is in talks to find a solution that would see the handsome game come to BC Place in 2026. "Should the bid committee reconsider, our door remains open to bringing some of the 2026 World Cup games to Vancouver".

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

"There's very large concerns with the bid", Beare said. "This is of course something fans would be looking forward to, but we have to take a look at all the opportunities surrounding it and all the risks surrounding it".

The provincial government owns B.C. Place Stadium and Beare noted one of the government's main concerns was for FIFA's "ability to unilaterally change the stadium agreement at any point".

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"We're still in contact with the bid committee", she said.

But Horgan said the responsibility was on higher bodies to ensure that B.C. wouldn't be on the hook if the budget expanded. "This would include traffic management plans, bylaw enforcement, sanitation and potentially lost revenue such as lost parking meter revenue". Held in six cities and provinces from coast to coast across Canada, 1.35 million spectators attended the last women's World Cup - a record for the event - with an economic impact of almost a half-a-billion dollars.

"I hold no bitterness and I'm not close enough to the process to know what held (the B.C. government) back", 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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