Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 9 June 2021 The City of Edmonton has announced a broad and growing level of public support for its bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2026TM, which will be held in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The results of surveys conducted in 2018 and 2020 show that public support for hosting has grown. With a capacity of 56,400 people and a location just minutes from the city center, Edmonton is one of three Canadian cities included in the United bid, alongside Montreal and Toronto.
The surveys revealed that77% of Edmonton residents support hosting the FIFA World Cup2026TM, up 6% from 2018, with the top reasons for support being the economic boost (40%), exposure for the city (32%), and tourism benefits (21%). Over 1,200 residents were randomly selected for the survey, and an additional open-link survey was completed by over 3,700 residents, yielding a 93% favorability rating for the hosting (up from 89% in 2018).
The release of the survey results has given the city a boost in its bid to be named a FIFA World CupTM host city in 2026TMFIFA 21 Coins Kopen, as well as reaffirming its commitment to accelerating the recovery of sporting events following the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, Edmonton has been a leader in providing a platform for sporting events in North America, hosting events such as the NHL Stanley Cup Finals and the IIHF Junior World Championships, and receiving widespread praise for their handling of such events in a secure and safe environment.
It is fantastic to see public support for ourhosting of the FIFA World Cup 2026TMcontinue to grow, said Janelle Janis, Director of Edmonton Events, in response to the surveys. We've had great success hosting FIFA events in Edmonton, including the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2014, the FIFA U-20 Men's World Cup in 2007, and get theFIFA Munten Kopen, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, and we're looking forward to the next step. As these polls show, we will be ready to welcome the rest of the world in 2026. FIFA can expect the best from Edmonton.
With FIFA's final confirmation of host cities expected later this year, Edmonton has launched its website for the 2026 World Cup bid, which will provide information about the city's vision for hosting the tournament and keep fans up to date on news. The website can be viewed by clicking here.