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What people are saying about FIFA World Cup 26

Chris May, general manager, BC Place

“BC Place has proudly hosted some of the world’s greatest sports, music and events throughout the past four decades. The addition of FIFA World Cup 26 marks a significant new milestone and signals the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our journey. The critical upgrades and renovations we'll be making are also driven by legacy and a commitment to community.”

Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC

“Bringing FIFA World Cup 26 matches to Vancouver supports local businesses and thousands of skilled professionals who work in B.C.'s vibrant and valuable tourism industry. When soccer fans from all over the world arrive in town for the seven matches, we have the opportunity to showcase our incredible tourism amenities and experiences to encourage visitors to return to British Columbia again and again.”

Gabriel Assis, CEO, BC Soccer

“We welcome the Province’s commitment to hosting the FIFA World Cup 26 in British Columbia. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the power to advance our sport, grow infrastructure and inspire the next generation of participants in B.C. BC Soccer strives to collaborate with all hosting partners to extend benefits and create lasting legacies for the soccer community in British Columbia.” 

Royce Chwin, president and CEO, Destination Vancouver

The economic impact of an event the scale of FIFA World Cup 26 is almost incalculable. It further polishes Vancouver’s reputation as a global destination and the huge contribution that the visitor economy makes to the prosperity of the city and the province. It’s especially satisfying that the many small and medium-size businesses working so hard in every corner of the industry will benefit directly from the influx of fans and visitors here to celebrate and enjoy the matches.”

Axel Schuster, CEO and sporting director, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

“This is a momentous time for the sport of soccer in our province as we prepare to welcome the world for the FIFA World Cup 26. The excitement I hear in the voices of our young players will only act as an accelerator to grow the game we all love. We are looking forward to working together and being a part of this historical moment.”