What looked to be a promising shot of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, has since deteriorated after BC’s Minister of Tourism revealed that the province has pulled out of the North American bid.
Even after the Government of Canada vouched to spend up to $5 million for a successful bid, premier John Horgan explained that nobody was willing to write a “blank cheque.”
With arousing suspicion behind the recent events, and a Vancouver market with a fast-growing soccer fanbase, there’s a world of ruckus and backlash amongst the fans.
Embarrassing for BC if we aren’t a part of the World Cup. Best venue in the country and a proven track record of great event hosting. Has to happen. Has to.
— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) March 14, 2018
WORLD CUP: You just simply don’t turn down an opportunity to host something of this magnitude. I understand the ‘blank cheque’ stance politically, but if you want to market city to the world, few ways are better than stage like this one. Chance to bring major $ into city as well.
— Rob Fai (@RobFaiNation) March 14, 2018
Why did we renovate BC place with taxpayers money in order to not use for attracting world class events that provide economic growth?
— Satiar Shah (@SatiarShah) March 14, 2018
— Dave Wright (@Davewright28) March 14, 2018
— anoop randhawa (@anoop_ran) March 14, 2018
— NelsonYouthSoccerCoach (@RNSkipper) March 14, 2018
— Mike Corbin 🇨🇦🐀 (@quangochef) March 14, 2018
History has shown the .@bcndp have been wrong on virtually any issue involving soccer. They were wrong on BC Place. They were wrong on MLS. They were wrong on the Women’s World Cup. They were wrong on grassroots soccer fields. They’re wrong now. #bcpoli #Vancouver
— BCSoccerWeb.com (@bcsoccerweb) March 14, 2018
— Andrew Nazareth (@canuckguru) March 14, 2018
Vancouver is now not part of the North American World Cup bid because NDP didn’t want to fund their part of the bid! Didn’t want Expo 86 and the 2010 Olympics either!! #Morons
— Andy Meyer (@meyer1961) March 14, 2018
No World Cup games in Vancouver? Unpopular move from a guy that did not win the election. Is it because NDP won’t be around in 2026 to take credit?
— David Faykosh (@DJF008) March 14, 2018
Dear @bcndp government. If the story about Vancouver being taken out of the 2026 World Cup bid are true then you truly bottled it. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that would have brought great prestige and opportunities for the coming generations.
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) March 14, 2018
Most of the blame, understandably, is falling onto the lap of the BC NDP. Many questions are being raised as to what the issue could be, especially after a successful Women’s World Cup was held in 2015.
There is still an opportunity for other Canadian cities to host matches, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal are still possible candidates.
In June, FIFA will decide between North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) and Morocco, for the right to host the global spectacle.