The dream of bringing World Cup soccer to Toronto is one step closer.
MP Kirsty Duncan has announced that Canada will join the USA and Mexico in a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The bid, which will be part of a joint effort by national soccer associations in Canada, United States and Mexico, would see Toronto host a handful of games.
City staff estimate it would cost between $30 million to $45 million to co-host the World Cup. However, those costs are expected to be shared between all three levels of government.
The FIFA World Cup is one of the world’s most watched sporting events. The reaching World Cup in Brazil in 2014 reached an audience of 3.2 billion people.
In previous years, Toronto made concessions for bars looking to accommodate the influx of soccer fans during World Cup, including extending last call and allowing bars to open early to let fans check out early-morning matches.
This would be the third international sporting event the city has played host to in recent years. In 2015, Toronto hosted the PanAm and Parapan Am Games and this summer thousands flocked to the city for the Invictus Games — and, of course, to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and his now fiance, Meghan Markle.