Exploring the architecture of the Canadian stadia jointly hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup

In Canada, the game of soccer has exploded in popularity in recent years. This appears to have coincided with the rising strength of the men’s national team, which qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. At the time of writing, the Canadian men’s national team is 45th in the world rankings, having slipped from its highest ever ranking of 33rd. Nevertheless, soccer is still alive and kicking in the Great White North.

Better still, Canadian soccer fans will be treated to a football feast on home soil in a few years, with Canada joining forces with neighbouring USA, as well as Mexico, to jointly host the next FIFA World Cup in 2026.

Since Canada is one of the host nations, it automatically qualifies for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Already there are markets available for online betting in Canada where you can wager on the potential world champions in two years’ time. Fellow host USA is priced at +3900 with Betano, while Canada is priced at +14900, with the team’s poor showing in Qatar 2022 playing a large part in its much bigger odds compared to the Americans.

Despite the fact Canada remains highly unlikely to compete for the Jules Rimet trophy when the tournament is in North America, there will be huge interest in the competition. It’s been confirmed that two of Canada’s soccer stadia will be used for games, with 11 stadia based in the US and the remaining three based in Mexico (Mexico City, Guadeloupe and Zapopan).

Uncovering Canada’s 2026 FIFA World Cup stadia

Toronto’s BMO Field is the smallest of the two stadia to be used for staging group stage and knockout games in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It is the home stadium of Toronto FC, the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, as well as the Canadian Football League (CFL) outfit, the Toronto Argonauts. It also happens to be a vibrant, multicultural city that’s hugely appealing to tourists, including soccer fans. Its nightlife is exceptionally good, catering for all tastes when the matches end.

The ground was constructed and opened in 2007, built on the former site of the Exhibition Stadium, a multi-purpose arena used for baseball, soccer and Canadian football. BMO Field was built at an overall cost of almost $63 million, with a further $9 million used to pay for the land. The Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto contributed $8 million and $9.8 million respectively.

The finished product is hugely impressive for Toronto FC and Toronto-based Canadian soccer fans in general. It’s the first soccer-specific stadium in the entire country – and its architecture underscores this point. It has a rather unique appearance, with steep two-tier stands straddling both sides of the pitch, followed by open single-tier sections behind each goal. The roof for one end behind the goal looks like it’s suspended, with no rear wall to the stand. At the opposite end, there’s a shallow area of seating, with a large scoreboard and screen looming large for the rest of the stadium.

The stadium’s current capacity sits at 30,991 but an upcoming expansion – likely at the shallow end behind the goal – will bring the new capacity to 45,736.

BC Place will be Canada’s largest stadium at the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Considered the premier sporting venue in western Canada, BC Place holds 54,500 spectators and is a stunning piece of architecture, set to the north of False Creek.

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It has previous experience hosting major FIFA games, staging matches during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The impressive two-tier arena has a highly enclosed roof, which is a signature design style of its own, cocooning the pitch and cleverly retaining pitch-side acoustics.

The original stadium was built in 1983, marketed as the world’s biggest air-supported domed stadium. Its unique roof design was replaced in 2010 with a new fully retractable roof structure that exists today. Typically, the city’s MLS franchise, Vancouver Whitecaps, plays with only the bottom tier open, but one thing is for certain – both tiers will be full to bursting in the summer of 2026.

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