FIFA World Cup soccer games might be coming to Toronto after Mayor John Tory stated he was more than willing for T.O to co-host the 2026 tournament.
Tory stated that the game is “A chance for us to get part of the greatest sports show on earth, I think, and I think a lot of people in Toronto would be happy about that,” to Breakfast Television this morning.
Canada will be a part of a joint bid along with Mexico and the United States. If it goes successfully, a handful of games will be held in Toronto!
Mayor Tory also said that because of the joint bid, the entire bill wouldn’t just be put under Toronto’s account.
“Toronto is one of the three Canadian cities that have been approved to be part of the Canadian part of this bid, so we get four or five games, and we’d have to invest very little money in order to put it on. We’d just have some expansion of the seating at BMO Field — which we did for the hockey last year,” Tory announced.
What is the “very little” price tag you may be wondering? According to a release from the mayor’s office, it is estimated that it would be between $30 million to $45 million. The costs would be split between all three levels of the government, if that makes you feel better.
If this goes through, this would be the third international sporting event Toronto has hosted. PanAm, Parapan Am Games and the Invictus Games are already on Toronto’s roster – so it’d be kind of cool to add the FIFA World Cup to that as well!
So cross your fingers, toes, elbows, and whatever else you can because the proposal is to be considered Wednesday! It will then lead the official proposal to be submitted to FIFA on March 16, 2018, and the bid winner announcement at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13, 2018.
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