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Rogers Centre removed from list of potential World Cup 2026 venues

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Stade Saputo and McMahon Stadium are also gone.

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The list of potential Canadian venues for the 2026 World Cup has been slimmed by three with the removal of Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Montreal’s Stade Saputo and Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.

Toronto and Montreal are still represented on the list, however, by BMO Field and the Olympic Stadium respectively.

Neither the Rogers Centre nor Stade Saputo seemed a likely final choice for the proposed USA-Mexico-Canada bid, with the former a baseball stadium by design and the latter well short of the 40,000 capacity required for World Cup group-stage matches.

And Calgary is now out of the running entirely. They were included on the initial list of host cities under consideration but chose not to submit an application.

That means that six stadiums are left on the Canadian side of the bid. They are:

BMO Field (Toronto)
Olympic Stadium (Montreal)
Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)
TD Place Stadium (Ottawa)
Mosaic Stadium (Regina)
BC Place (Vancouver)

Every potential host stadium would require renovations to be brought in line with World Cup regulations.

In BMO Field’s case, the capacity of the stadium would need to be expanded from 30,000 to 40,000, with temporary additional seating not sufficient.

BC Place in Vancouver appears the most likely venue to be included in the bid but would have to install a grass pitch, while the Olympic Stadium is in need of extensive renovations.

Mosaic Stadium and TD Place Stadium do not currently meet the minimum-capacity requirement and neither of those venues nor Commonwealth Stadium has a grass field.

Once the 41 cities in total - 32 from the United States and three from Mexico - have been reviewed, an initial shortlist will be published later this fall, per ESPN.

The final bid is then due to be submitted by March 16 of next year.