Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
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Federal government will support Canada's part in 2026 World Cup bid

Federal government will support Canada's part in 2026 World Cup bid

The bid, called United 2026, marks the first time three countries (Canada, the United States and Mexico) have teamed up to bid for a World Cup.

The bid group hoping to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America has unveiled its 23 candidate cities but not without a crack to its much-ballyhooed unity theme.

Amarjeet Sohi, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, announced the feds are in for $5 million to support the bid process and solid financial support should United 2026 defeat Morocco in voting in June in Moscow.

"After much discussion and several attempts to work within the parameters prescribed by Federation Internationale de Football Association, we chose not to continue forward in the bid process", the Minneapolis Bid Committee said in a statement.

British Columbia had expressed similar cost concerns for Vancouver.

In addition to the three cities that withdrew, Charlotte, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa did not make the cut.

But Kristick, a veteran of the losing US bid in 2010, knows how fast new arenas can pop up so he is keeping some options open.

Kansas City is part of the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. If the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is awarded to the United Bid, FIFA will select up to 16 Host Cities from the proposed slate of 23.

It includes 17 in the USA, such as 2028 Olympic and Paralympic host city Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, New York and Washington D.C.

Vancouver also opted not to participate in the bid, according to the Breaker.

"All of our facilities exist today - the stadiums, the training sites, the airport/transportation infrastructure", Kristick said.

The host for the 2026 event is due to be decided at the FIFA Congress on June 13, the day before the start of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation.

"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk". Minneapolis said money matters caused its decision. The committee said it was unable to negotiate terms to protect the city from future liability or get a better estimate of expected costs.

The provincial update came after a federal government announcement Tuesday. The documents also state 'the government is requested to generally establish a visa-free environment or facilitate existing visa procedures for them'.

In less than 10 years, part of the biggest soccer tournament in the world could take place in Nashville.

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