World Cup and Winter Olympics? 2026 would be a historic sports year for Canada


World Cup matches and an Olympic Video games would put Canada entrance and centre within the sports world in 2026.

Canada’s profitable bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with america and Mexico coincides with Calgary travelling additional down the highway of bidding for the Winter Video games of that very same year.

The town has but to greenlight a Winter Video games bid, however a bid company — Calgary 2026 — is up and operating as of this week.

Calgary’s provincial sports rival Edmonton is a candidate metropolis, together with Montreal and Toronto, to host Canada’s 10 World Cup matches in 2026.

The person chairing Calgary 2026 sees the awarding of World Cup matches to Canada as a good harbinger for an Olympic bid, ought to town go for it.

“What I feel is constructive about that bid is the worldwide neighborhood needs to stage occasions in Canada,” Scott Hutcheson stated Wednesday.

“It is constructive that Canadians would wish to have these sorts of occasions, worldwide occasions in Canada.”

Scott Hutcheson is the chair of the Calgary Olympic bid company. (Scott Dippel/CBC)

Calgary has till January, when bid books are due, to determine. Worldwide Olympic Committee members will vote on a 2026 host metropolis in September 2019.

Tourism Calgary chief government officer Cindy Ady believes the prospect of World Cup soccer matches in Canada can improve the nation’s, and doubtlessly Alberta’s, sports profile in the case of a attainable Winter Video games bid.

“Being thought-about a place the place main sporting occasions may happen, I feel it provides to our cache,” Ady stated. “I do not, at this level, see any damaging impacts.”

Potential value

Winter Video games in February and March would not compete with summer season World Cup matches for sports’ followers attentions, however there would possibly be hand-wringing over the potential value of each in a single calendar year.

Canada has hosted, and paid for, main sports occasions in the identical summer season.

The 24-team girls’s World Cup, staged in six stadiums throughout the nation, and Toronto’s Pan American/Parapan Am Video games that drew over 6,000 athletes from 41 nations, had been held inside weeks of one another in 2015.

The Pan Am price ticket was $2.Four billion, with the federal authorities kicking in half a billion {dollars}.

Canada Soccer stated the mixed value of the ladies’s World Cup and the 2014 under-20 girls’s World Cup was $216 million, with $15 million coming from the feds.

Canada will host a fraction of the 80 males’s World Cup matches in 2026, so prices will proportionally mirror that. The federal authorities has pledged as much as $5 million.

An preliminary estimate for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Video games was $4.6 billion, though financials, and what the taxpayers’ share would be, proceed to be crunched.



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