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    Edmonton to continue FIFA 2026 bid process
    January 23, 2018

    Edmonton has committed to continue in the hunt for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Council decided today to support Edmonton continuing as a candidate host city for the United Bid, a unique tri-country bid that brings together Canada, USA and Mexico.

    “Being part of one of the world’s biggest sporting events is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Edmonton and we now need the provincial and federal governments to commit to the bid,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “A bid that unites three countries has never been tried at this level of international sport and it’s exciting for Edmonton to be part of that effort.”

    The United Bid brings together North America in a unique partnership that will redefine the way global events can be held and focuses on building the game - not stadiums. The City will continue to work with Canada Soccer, the other Canadian candidate host cities, and provincial and federal governments, to further advance the bid. Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are the other Canadian cities in the bid that currently features 31 cities.

    The FIFA World Cup offers considerable legacy opportunities for Edmonton including $170 million (U.S.) in economic activity, an enhanced international reputation and significant community benefits that will continue to be developed as the city moves through the bid process, ensuring that benefits to Edmonton are maximized.

    Based on the preliminary information provided by Canada Soccer, the estimated cost for a host city ranges between $35 million to $55 million, which includes a month-long fan festival, transportation and traffic management, marketing and communications, and staff to liaise with FIFA. Limited security costs would also be included, however, the four Canadian cities are seeking support from the federal government for the bulk of security.

    The City of Edmonton will sign and submit the necessary hosting documents, conditional on federal and provincial support being secured, prior to the United Bid Committee (UBC) submitting its bid to FIFA on March 16, 2018. In June, FIFA Congress will decide if the UBC is successful. Morocco is the other lone competitor for the World Cup.


    Media contact:
    Amy Wolski
    Brand Advisor
    Corporate Positioning
    780-465-0654
    www.edmonton.ca


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  • #2
    Good to see - CoE supports sports tourism and this jives perfectly.

    That plus it's eight years down the road!
    ... gobsmacked

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    • #3
      The United 2026 bid book can be found here:

      http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/...available.html

      Really interesting to see the committees take on us and our competition.

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      • #4
        If only we had the same sense as Vancouver...
        Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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        • #5
          i think i qualify as an "edmonton booster and supporter". i remember the commonwealth games being held here and was an early proponent of expo 2017 being held here.

          but this is a lot different. even if we "win", what are we - as in edmonton - likely to get out of it?

          if you read the bid, canada - not edmonton - will get 10 matches IN TOTAL. 7 of those will be group stage matches (and my guess is not featuring too many of the powerhouse countries in the final 4. as a country canada will get two round of 32 matches and one round of 16 match. those will be split between toronto, montreal and edmonton.

          page 7 of the bid summary shows the location of the 23 cities including edmonton that are currently still part of the bid. anyone care to take a guess how many of them are on the eastern seaboard and how many of them have direct flights to edmonton? for those games we might get, who is really going to attend outside of those of us who already live here or live close to here? even if they might want to? the bid promises a minimum of 3 days between games. who from anywhere in the world trying to follow their team through the tournament will be able to get to and from edmonton to watch their team? mexico city to edmonton to nashville - or vice versa - is a hell of road trip to arrange at the last minute.

          my guess is that we could purchase more tv time and get better exposure that we'll get by participating in this one. hell, my guess is that we could purchase more return air flights from cities that do have direct connections to edmonton and give the tickets away to people who promise to stay at least a week and we get way more actual tourists and much better pr for it. but what do i know...

          maybe edmonton could display some leadership - or in this case at least be an earlier follower of vancouver's leadership - for montreal and toronto and leave first (or next)? why we keep throwing money at these one-off events that really only benefit the promoters and the participants is beyond me when we look at where else we could invest those funds supporting local and annual events that would see those monies stay in circulation here and showcase what we do here instead of what other cities do elsewhere.
          Last edited by kcantor; 27-03-2018, 06:40 AM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by realkevbo View Post
            The United 2026 bid book can be found here:

            http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/...available.html

            (...)
            Thanks for posting this. It made for some interesting morning reading.

            One thing I am not clear on is the quote of $35-50 million per city in this bid, yet nothing on how this is prorated based on games / value. I read in an earlier Journal article that Toronto could be the epicentre of 3 to 5 games, and that came from a Journal article when Vancouver was still in it. One would have to assume that Montreal (given its size) would host more than one, and the assumption at that time would be the same for Vancouver. So, was it TO 5, MTL 2, VAN 2, EDM 1? Now is it TO 5, MTL 3, EDM 2?

            ...and no, I am not pooh poohing this...I am honestly asking to get a better sense of how the value is measured here in Edmonton. I see numbers of $170 million in returns, so is that measured on 2 games, 1 game, and the exposure during the lead in?
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            • #7
              [QUOTE=kcantor;880289]i think i qualify as an "edmonton booster and supporter". i remember the commonwealth games being held here and was an early proponent of expo 2017 being held here.
              [QUOTE]


              Expo 2017.



              Top_Dawg almost forgot.

              Thanks for the reminder.

              We sure dodged a YUGE bullet there.

              Would have gained nothing.

              And been paying that fuckr off for the next hundred year.

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              • #8
                So, Global Edmonton had a report this am of a "potential" to host up to 4 games as a result of the drop by Vancouver.

                Potential.

                I'm curious as to why this joint bid hasn't figured this out already (Re:logistics) as it would determine the actual amount of facility upgrades, etc required...as well as flight concerns as mentioned above.

                ...or is this report just ultra-hopeful math based on 10 games and the belief that the larger outdoor capacity of Commonwealth is a game changer? No sources were quoted in the report...that I saw at least.


                With 4 games, that leaves 6 for TO and MTL. 3 each potentially if equity is coming into play. This 4 games assumes that TO and MTL don't want an increased share, or that TO doesn't take its 5 games being the biggest and most accessible centre on the Canadian portion of our continent.

                I'm curious as to what metrics actually count here?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RichardS View Post
                  So, Global Edmonton had a report this am of a "potential" to host up to 4 games as a result of the drop by Vancouver.

                  Potential.

                  I'm curious as to why this joint bid hasn't figured this out already (Re:logistics) as it would determine the actual amount of facility upgrades, etc required...as well as flight concerns as mentioned above.

                  ...or is this report just ultra-hopeful math based on 10 games and the belief that the larger outdoor capacity of Commonwealth is a game changer? No sources were quoted in the report...that I saw at least.


                  With 4 games, that leaves 6 for TO and MTL. 3 each potentially if equity is coming into play. This 4 games assumes that TO and MTL don't want an increased share, or that TO doesn't take its 5 games being the biggest and most accessible centre on the Canadian portion of our continent.

                  I'm curious as to what metrics actually count here?

                  Plus more money to commonwealth stadium, plus plus plus..I sure hope its worth it!
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                  • #10
                    Well it could be intetesting if it happens.
                    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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                    • #11
                      Regardless of who plays here, this event will draw a ton of people. It's the men's World Cup of soccer. I'm not a huge soccer fan but if Namibia was playing Turkey I'd go and watch the game live here. I'm sure many others would too. It's that big of a draw, never mind who's playing in Edmonton.

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                      • #12
                        Feedback from FIFA on our city and bid.

                        https://globalnews.ca/news/4249438/e...GlobalEdmonton
                        President and CEO - Airshow.

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                        • #13
                          I imagine that the hotel situation could improve in Downtown Edmonton by 2026, with the addition of the Marriott. I imagine, though, that Edmonton will need more.
                          "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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                          • #14
                            If I were truly interested in Edmonton, and Canada's, civic welfare, I'd not support this project at all.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by The_Cat View Post
                              I imagine that the hotel situation could improve in Downtown Edmonton by 2026, with the addition of the Marriott. I imagine, though, that Edmonton will need more.
                              Concur. I expect 2-3 new 'top-tier' hotels by then.


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