2026 World Cup: Toronto divided on hosting tournament

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Paulina Skóra

2026 World Cup: Toronto divided on hosting tournament Announcement of Toronto as the host city for the 2026 World Cup has sparked diverse opinions among fans, showcasing the city's potential for both grand celebrations and financial challenges.


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Pros and cons

Supporters of this choice flooded social media with positive comments, expressing excitement about Toronto's role in organizing such a prestigious global event. Many see it as an opportunity for various communities to unite while enjoying soccer. Numerous comments highlight the vitality and hospitality of the city, assuring fans from around the world that unforgettable tournament experiences await them.

However, not everyone is pleased with FIFA's nomination. Some skeptics express concerns about the financial consequences of hosting the World Cup. They particularly point out the costs to taxpayers and question the economic viability of the undertaking. Critical comments raise concerns about the state of BMO Field, with some even going so far as to label it a shame in reference to an event of this caliber.

BMO Field© Amir Delic (cc: by-nc-sa)

At crossroads

With the organization of the tournament, renovations await the facility in Toronto. 17,756 new seats will be added, increasing the capacity to 45,736. The total cost of the revamp has not been disclosed, but the city has faced criticism for directly awarding a $4.2 million contract to the architectural firm Gensler Architecture & Design Inc. to carry out this task. BMO Field will host 6 matches of the 2026 World Cup. The first of these will take place on June 12, marking the inaugural match of the tournament held in Canada.

The city finds itself at the intersection of excitement and skepticism. While the prospect of being the focal point of the World Cup positively influences many people, financial considerations and infrastructure criticism underscore the complex nature of organizing major sporting events.

BMO Field© Jack Landau