More Details Have Been Released About The 2026 FIFA World Cup In Canada

In case you missed yesterday's breaking news, FIFA awarded the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from Canada, the United States, and Mexico! For Canada, this will be another jewel in the country's crown of major international events, including two Winter Olympic Games, one Summer Olympics, Expo '67, and the PanAm Games in 2015.

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Canada will probably host 10 World Cup matches in total across three cities. But with so much uncertaintly, there are a lot of questions swiriling about the logistics and cost of bringing the games to the country.

Which Canadian cities will host the games?

The three likeliest candidates are Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton. Vancouver quickly withdrew from consideration citing a lack of clarity surrounding potential costs. That's probably bad news for the other three cities. 

Are the three urban areas in for more than they can handle? Here's a breakdown of each city's plans:

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Toronto:

Likely venue: BMO Field

With 30,000 seats, the soccer field is well below the capacity required to host a FIFA match – 45,000 seats. The renovations required to construct the additional 15,000 seats. The field is also the only possible World Cup venue in Canada with a natural grass turf.

Cost: $30,000,000 - $45,000,000

This figure does not include security costs, which can easily balloon to several times the first estimate. 

Other facts:

The Toronto transit system is notoriously strained and inadequate. The web of train, bus, and trolley routes can hardly handle Toronto's quotidian traffic. On top of that, the city might have to designate special lanes for buses, atheletes, and officials. With the impending traffic nightmare, expect a mass exodus of Toronto residents for the duration of the World Cup.

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Edmonton:

Likely venue: Commonwealth Stadium

With over 55,000 seats, the stadium is already World-Cup-ready. The only feature that needs to be implemented is the natural grass field required by FIFA.

Cost: $170,000,000

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Other facts:

With a small population and proportionally small airport, Edmonton is the least likely of the three Canadian cities to host World Cup matches.

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Montreal:

Likely venue: Olympic Stadium

The iconic structure appropriately turns 50 in 2026, and what better way to celebrate than by hosting an international spectacle like the one that inaugurated it? But the stadium currently lacks a retractable roof and natural grass field.

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Cost: $150,000,000 - $300,000,000

Interestingly, and perhaps concerningly, the estimated costs for the Montreal games have the most discrepency. That's probably due to the fact that of the three venues across Canada, the Olympic Stadium requires the most major renovations. But to anyone who has lived in Quebec for a long time, such a discrepency is especially worrying.

It took the city and province decades to pay off the 1976 Olympic Games. This estimate also does not include other infrastructure and security projects liek road closures, road renovations, and other beautification that the Olympic Park definitely needs.

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Other facts:

If Montreal hosts World Cup games in 2026, the tournament will conincide with the Grand Prix and Mural festival if both events continue annually for the next eight years. The overlapping spectacles could be a major headache for planners, security, and residents.

At the very least, we can expect major transit and traffic nightmares. But hey, maybe we'll have the pink line by then to alleviate the stress on existing infrastructure? Fingers crossed.

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