Canadian Soccer Association to bid for 2026 World Cup | Page 23

Discussion in 'Politics (Toronto Issues)' started by Solid Snake, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Johnny Au

    Johnny Au Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,575
    Likes Received:
    525
    Location:
    Near where the boundaries of North York, York, and
    Don't forget that there would be 48 teams in the 2026 edition. The number of CONCACAF spots would increase from 3.5 to as many as 8 in 2026 (3 hosts (taken from the regular CONCACAF spots) + 3 other regular CONCACAF members + 1 regular CONCACAF playoff spot (if it were to win the qualification playoffs) + 1 CONCACAF playoff spot for being the host confederation (if it were to win the qualification playoffs)).
     

  2. MetroMan

    MetroMan Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2007
    Messages:
    7,117
    Likes Received:
    2,295
    Location:
    Toronto
    To be clear, US/Canada/Mexico won the bid to host the World Cup, not the cities in the bid book. Host Cities will only be selected in 2021. Toronto is not yet guaranteed a spot although it seems like an obvious choice.

    The bid itself doesn’t necessarily reflect the final plan. BMO Field was put forward in the bid as a venue but I’m told that there’s a chance that BMO won’t be used at all. Interested venues will have an opportunity to make a proposal to be their city’s stadium over the next 2 years before host cities are selected.

    The only other option in Toronto would be the SkyDome. It makes sense if Rogers pitches their major stadium revitalization and their transit accessible central location. They can build a temporary grass pitch for the week or two that games will be played in Toronto.
     
  3. Johnny Au

    Johnny Au Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,575
    Likes Received:
    525
    Location:
    Near where the boundaries of North York, York, and
    It would also not rule out the construction of a Super Bowl-ready NFL stadium in Downsview Park to be used for a few games in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
     
  4. BurlOak

    BurlOak Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    4,363
    Likes Received:
    774
    Are the Blue Jays planning to switch to grass?
    I think that plan also called for permanently fixing the seats in Baseball mode.
    Is SkyDome big enough for Soccer - I think so.
    If the plan is for permanent Baseball configuration, could they still rotate the stands for soccer mode (i.e. a one time rotation, and not switching back-and-forth on hours notice?
     
  5. animatronic

    animatronic Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2013
    Messages:
    3,194
    Likes Received:
    1,640
    Skydome question has already been settled. It could easily hold the tournament now - they’ve added temporary natural turf for soccer in the past, and there’s more thank enough room for a regulation pitch.

    But it’s not going to happen.

    BMO field at 40k w temp seating is the right size for the matchups we’ll be expecting, conversion cost is minimal (temp bleachers), the CNE site gives more opportunity for adding related activities and the site is significantly easier to secure.

    And that’s even before we consider that the Jays reno will quite likely include rendering the facility unable to convert to football.
     
  6. MTown

    MTown Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    3,424
    Likes Received:
    927
    Location:
    Mimico
    Forget the Skydome. It'll be at BMO Field. As far as I can tell it's going to be permanently expanded. Which is good because those money hungry bastards at ML$E have cut down on viewing area for GA tickets whilst still selling the same amount of them. Well, maybe it's their way of getting us to help cover the costs.

    @JohnnyAu, they aren't likely to allow automatic placement for three host nations and given that Canada and Mexico only get 10 matches each and the US get 60, it looks like only the US will get host placement. Hopefully we can qualify by then regularly, especially given the expansion. I swear, if we can't manage it then.....

    PS: Respect to everyone for calling it the Skydome!
     
  7. BurlOak

    BurlOak Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    4,363
    Likes Received:
    774
    South Korea and Japan both got host nations spots in a 32 team tournament. Now tournament is 48, so same ratio would imply 3 hosts.
    And in terms of international rankings, they were both lower than 2 of these 3 CONCACAF hosts.
     
  8. MetroMan

    MetroMan Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2007
    Messages:
    7,117
    Likes Received:
    2,295
    Location:
    Toronto
    Yes.

    141231353.0.
     
  9. MTown

    MTown Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    3,424
    Likes Received:
    927
    Location:
    Mimico
    Ugh, look at that joke of a pitch. Skydome and Stade Olympique need to stay away from football.

    On the other hand, that doesn't look as ridiculous as NYCFC's joke at Yankee Stadium.
     

Share This Page