Before 2018 FIFA World Cup commences from June 14, Canada, USA, and Mexico (united bid) won the 2026 FIFA World Cup bid. The news came to everyone’s attention on 13th June Wednesday morning. Canada will be hosting the largest sports event in the world for the first time. All FIFA members voted in favor of the joint North American bid and won with 134-65 over Morocco. Moreover, being the hosting nation, men’s football team in Canada automatically qualifies for the world cup.
Also, the 2026 football world cup will have 48 nations playing meaning from 32 teams it will go up to 48. All teams will play 80 games in total. 60 matches will be taking place among 10 cities in the USA. The rest will take place in Mexico and Canada.
The USA hosted a remarkable world cup in1994 and Mexico did it in 1970 as well as 1986. Though this is the first time Canada will host men’s football world cup, they hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. Canadian stadiums, where matches will take place are below.
BMO Field – Toronto
It is Toronto FC’s home stadium on Lake Ontario’s shore which is adjacent to Exhibition Place. It was built in 2007 and went under massive renovation when Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (current owner) acquired it.
Around $150 million the authority has spent increasing amenities like modern dressing rooms, video board, expansion of seats, etc. The current capacity of this stadium stands at 30,000. However, before the world cup, it will increase more than 45,000 seats along with temporary additional expansion for world cup matches.
Olympic Stadium – Montreal
This iconic stadium will be 50 in 2026 making it oldest of all Canadian venues. A whopping of $250 million the authorities are willing to spend for major renovations. This expenditure will create additional seating arrangements, technological interior, and retractable roof. Olympic stadium can accommodate easily approximately 50,000 fans.
It was home to MLB’s Montreal Expo and has hosted various football tournaments as well as FIFA events in yesteryears. The field is Astroturf but it will change it to natural grass (like it when Italian club giant AC Milan played against MLS’ Montreal Impact) before the 2026 FIFA World Cup commences.
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton
This is the largest of three venues in Canada where teams will play the matches. More than 56,400 seats will be available for the matches which will start in this stadium. This open-air ground was constructed in 1978 and got its makeover in 2012. However, according to FIFA, it requires some more changes which would make it ideal for the tournament.
Also, this stadium will opt for natural grass instead of artificial turf for entire 2026 season for accommodating world cup event.
Winning this united bid Canada expects to spread the popularity of this game among its young generation and coaching staff for a better outcome in this sport. Though it will be a tough job to pull this up as three different nations with different laws will work together, the organizers are quite confident in doing everything that is necessary to make this a successful venture.