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BC Place Stadium: GIBC Place Stadium: GIBRITISH Columbia government is adamant not to host games during the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare in a statement said the decision was not to risk taxpayers.

She reiterated her government’s concern that “taxpayers are not on the hook for hidden costs.”

FIFA announced Wednesday that the joint bid between Canada, the United States and Mexico for the 2026 had triumphed over Morocco’s.

There will be 10 games over 32 days in Canada.

“The FIFA bid agreement contained clauses, which (B.C.'s) government felt left taxpayers at unacceptable risk of additional costs,” Beare said.

“We tried very hard to get assurances that addressed our concerns,” she said

Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal are all planning to be host cities.

Vancouver, one of only three Canadian cities with a Major League Soccer team, was on board with the bid, but it hinged on the provincially owned stadium, BC Place.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is not running for re-election, has said that he was “disappointed” by the decision.


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