Two Metro Vancouver cities are getting some serious praise.
Vancouver and Richmond have been named as two of the top 10 sports cities in all of Canada. Vancouver ranked at fifth overall; Richmond ranked at eighth overall.
The announcement comes from the 2019 Global Sports Impact (GSI) Canada Index. The index ranks and scores cities based on the different events they host.
119 cities, 433 national championships, and 261 international events were included in the ranking.
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“The GSI Canada Index ranks cities hosting national sports championships and international sports events in Canada through a data-driven assessment,” says Rick Traer, CEO, Canada Sport Tourism Alliance. “Sport Tourism in Canada is now almost a $7 billion industry annually.”
Specifically, Vancouver scored fifth in sports cities with a population of over 500,000, 11th in national championships, and fourth in international events.
Richmond scored second in sports cities with a population between 150,000 to 500,000, 19th in national championships, and sixth in international events.
Taking the top overall spots were Montreal, followed by Quebec City in second place and Edmonton in third.
There are Canada’s top 10 sports cities:
2. Quebec City
According to the GSI Canada Index, the nation’s top sporting events in 2018 are ranked as follows:
1. The 2018 Grey Cup (men’s football)
2. The 2018 Tim Hortons Brier (men’s curling)
3. 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (women’s curling)
4. 2018 Canadian Championships Final (soccer)
5. 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup (junior hockey)