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Alberta gov't not backing Edmonton's participation in 2026 Federation Internationale de Football Association bid

Alberta gov't not backing Edmonton's participation in 2026 Federation Internationale de Football Association bid

Vancouver, British Columbia, also was dropped. In each city, political leaders cited discomfort with the terms of the agreement host cities must sign, saying that even though Vancouver and Chicago have World Cup-sized stadiums in place, the contract included too many "unknowns" related to tax breaks for Federation Internationale de Football Association and the host cities' potential liability for cost overruns and security. "All of us involved in the local effort are delighted to support the United Bid and are committed to continuing our mission to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Kansas City".

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton have been identified as other potential Canadian host cities.

On Thursday morning, Minneapolis, which had been on a list of 32 finalists, said it, too, had declined to bid for similar reasons. A final list of 16 cities - likely the three each in Mexico and Canada, leaving only 10 in the United States - will be finalized in 2021, the bid's executive director, John Kristick, said. The city of Chicago pulled out on Wednesday as well, for the very same reason.

San Francisco is one of 23 cities included in a joint U.S., Canada and Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup. "Should the bid committee reconsider, our door remains open to bringing some of the 2026 World Cup games to Vancouver".

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Any games in Cincinnati would be played at the 65,515-seat Paul Brown Stadium. "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 worldwide sporting events that bring positive economic and cultural impact to Vancouver".

The B.C. government said it could not come to an agreement with the bid committee. "That adds unknown costs and unknown risks to B.C. taxpayers", she said, noting security and other costs had still not been worked out between governments and the bid committee. "The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with FIFA's inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn't in Chicago's best interests", Matthew McGrath, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Collens' presentation was followed by a few words from Lenarduzzi, who successfully urged council to support the bid, saying "I don't want to downplay our importance as Canadians and as Vancouverites, but this opportunity is not coming along again". Canada has never been a host country for the men's tournament.

In fact, the Chicago Mayor's Office released a statement that largely echoed the stand of the B.C. government.


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