Vancouver Mayor celebrates 2026 FIFA World Cup coming to City

VANCOUVER Mayor Kennedy Stewart, following Thursday’s announcement that Vancouver has been selected as host city for the FIFA World Cup in 2026, said in a statement: “As a huge fan of the World Cup, I am thrilled that Vancouver has been chosen as one of the Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We can’t wait to welcome fans and players to Vancouver, and I know we’re especially looking forward to cheering on the Canadian Men’s National Team for the first time ever on home soil.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity for soccer fans, for our tourism sector, and for all British Columbians. The FIFA World Cup is a unique opportunity that will benefit the entire region and province, boost tourism for years to come, and strengthen our economy ​​as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“Hosting the World Cup will once again highlight Vancouver as a premiere destination for international, premiere league sports and athleticism, as we saw with the 2010 Olympic Games.

“Thank you to the Provincial and Federal governments as well as FIFA, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Tourism Vancouver and Sport Hosting Office for helping us secure this once in a lifetime opportunity, and paving the way for other world class events to come to our city.”