Around Canada and the 2026 World Cup (Part 2)

The World Cup always starts with soccer fields, expected to be BMO pitch in Toronto, Olympic in Montreal and Commonwealth in Edmonton.

FIFA requires a minimum capacity of 40,000 seats for matches in the group stage to the quarter-finals, increasing to 60,000 seats for the semi-finals, and 80,000 seats for the opening and final matches.

Currently, Toronto’s BMO yard with a capacity of over 30,000 will need to expand. Similarly, although the courts in Edmonton and Montreal have a larger capacity of about 56,000 people per yard, expansion must also be done.

Remember, when FIFA hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the players had to play on artificial turf at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, although many opposed it. For men’s football, even the temporary replacement of natural grass will cost from 1-2 million CAD (0.76-1.52 million USD).

Previously, the cost of building the Montreal Olympic Stadium was 1.5 billion CAD, all from taxes, plus 32 million CAD per year for operation and maintenance. And yet, this 20-year-old roof is in need of replacement, with an estimated cost of CAD 200-300 million, according to Globe & Mail estimates.

The preliminary estimate that Toronto and Edmonton offer to host matches is 30-55 million CAD per city, depending on the number of matches they are allotted. Montreal City Council has closed the cost a bit higher, at 69 million CAD, of course this cost does not include the money to upgrade the stadium.

Not to mention the cost of security, which is causing headaches for world-class event organizers. For example, the security budget for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 was originally CAD 175 million, but the actual team amounted to CAD 900 million, five times the estimate.

Most recently, the Government of Canada spent 396 million CAD on police forces, vehicles, fences and other security means to protect the leaders at the G7 summit which only took place within 28 hours. at La Malbaie.

Recent World Cups have been held at a huge cost: Brazil 2014 cost US $ 15 billion, Russia is estimated at US $ 14 billion, and Qatar could spend up to US $ 200 billion for the World Cup in four years.