Ben­e­fits of host­ing FIFA World Cup out­weigh costs, Mayor Tory says

Es­ti­mate for Toronto’s share of ex­pen­di­tures is in the $30-mil­lion range READ THE STORY ON

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chance for Canada, and by ex­ten­sion Toronto, to jointly host a World Cup is a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity, with the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits out­weigh­ing the costs, ac­cord­ing to Mayor John Tory.

The es­ti­mate for the city’s share of ex­pen­di­tures is in the $30-mil­lion range, a “mod­est” in­vest­ment for a “huge likely re­turn” in terms of tourism and world­wide at­ten­tion, Tory said on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, af­ter Canada, the United States and Mex­ico won the rights to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. “There is no place in the world that will re­spond to the World Cup games be­ing played here with more en­thu­si­asm, more en­ergy and more com­pet­i­tive­ness, frankly, than the city of Toronto,” Tory said.

The United 2026 bid was of­fi­cially se­lected over Morocco’s bid dur­ing the 68th FIFA THES­TAR.COM Toronto mayor John Tory dis­cusses the suc­cess­ful joint North Amer­i­can bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mex­ico to host the 2026 World Cup on Wed­nes­day.

Congress in Moscow.

Canada will likely host 10 of the tour­na­ment’s 80 games, with another 10 to be played in Mex­ico and the re­main­ing 60 held in the United States. Toronto, Mon­treal and Ed­mon­ton were among 23 pothe

ten­tial host cities named in the bid, a num­ber that is ex­pected to be whittled down to 16. Cana­dian of­fi­cials say they will push to keep all three of their host cities.

Toronto — which could host one of three back-to­back

open­ing day games, one in each coun­try, at BMO Field — doesn’t yet know how many matches it will get, but Tory sup­ports the joint bid and said the lim­ited num­ber of games al­lows the city to con­tain costs. thes­tar.com

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