Originally Posted by Innersoul1
There are opportunities for many secondary venues: Victoria's university stadium could be expanded, Thunderbirld Stadium in Vancouver, BM Filed would obviously be used and Saputo in Montreal
We would be talking about a major expansion here, especially in the case of the Victoria and T-Bird stadiums. FIFA requires a minimum of 40,000 seats for a stadium hosting a World Cup game, so even BMO Field would have to be doubled in size. And even the majority of current CFL stadiums don't qualify and would have to be expanded by 10,000 seats on average.
Also, the new stadiums people are referring to for CFL teams like Winnipeg and Hamilton will be replacing existing facilities, so Canada's pool of venues will actually not be increased if the Ti-Cats and Bombers, for example, get new stadiums.
Plus, FIFA doesn't generally use two stadiums per city. Vancouver already has BC Place, and this would likely be FIFA's home base in that city. Ditto for Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Commonwealth in Edmonton and Rogers Centre in Toronto. That's five. We need ten.
After that, come:
Calgary: McMahon is missing about 5,000 seats
Winnipeg: don't know how big the new Bombers stadium will be...
Ottawa: the current Frank Clair, if made structurally sound, is missing about 13,000 seats
Regina: short about 12,000 seats as well
Hamilton: short a good 12,000 also
That makes 9 venues/host cities. What would be the 10th? Québec City? Halifax? At the moment, both cities have very, very basic university football fields, that can accommodate about 10,000 people seated.