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
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