On Wednesday, the joint North American bid (featuring Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.) was voted the overwhelming choice to host the 2026 World Cup.
Venues for the 2026 World Cup, which is slated to be the first WC to feature 48 teams, will be chosen from 23 stadiums that now exist or are already under construction.
"Before even giving our official candidacy of the city of Montreal (for the World Cup as part of the United 2026 bid) the (Olympic Installations Board) and the provincial government already said that they were going to invest the money in the retractable roof", Filato said.
This is a far cry from when England were humiliated in the race to host the 2018 World Cup in 2010, despite getting a glowing technical report.
"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk".
The "United Bid" had been favourites from the start but Morocco's promise of a "European World Cup in Africa" was appealing to the committee. "We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".
Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities.
"We still need to upgrade the press box, with or without FIFA", Roger Jevne, branch manager for the city's recreation facilities, said Wednesday.
The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the tournament, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.
"There's a tremendous amount of ancillary events that go on around the World Cup", said Rick Catlett, president and chief executive officer of Gator Bowl Sports.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the US and Mexico. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup. More than 870,000 tickets were bought by Russians, nearly 90,000 by fans from the United States and over 72,500 by Brazilians.
The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches. The final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets.