BC at odds with terms put forward by World Cup bid committee

BC at odds with terms put forward by World Cup bid committee

"British Columbia has proven over and over again that we can host world class events", he said, citing the success of the 2015 Women's World Cup and the 2010 Winter Olympics. "While we support the prospect of hosting the World Cup, we can not agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs". "And they have declined to negotiate with the province regarding the concerns we raised", she said in a statement.

"Through these conversations and our submissions to the bid committee, we have made numerous attempts to clarify the risks and obligations faced by British Columbians".

The federal government officially threw its support behind the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Tuesday, with the promise of up to $5 million in immediate help should the unified bid win.

The bid would see Vancouver as a potential host city, along with Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal.

The British Columbia government couldn't come to an agreement with the so-called unified bid committee, representing Canada, the USA and Mexico, to host the men's world soccer showcase.

Expanded FIFA World Cup could include games in Vancouver. "Other provinces have come to arrangements but the B.C. NDP is the lone jurisdiction who has failed to come to the table", Johal said in a statement. "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".

Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association, said that money would be used during the transition period from when the bid is awarded to when FIFA essentially takes over running the tournament. 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. "We're going to make the decision that's in the best interest for B.C. taxpayers".

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.