Originally Posted by Welkin
The point of this tread is not to debate whether or not Canadians love soccer, it is to consider whether or not Canada should bid on hosting the biggest soccer event in the world. The World Cup is by far the biggest event/party in the world for the billions of soccer fans around the globe. They could care less if we Canadians like hockey better than soccer. Their only concern is are we up to hosting their once-every-four-years extravaganza. These passionate fans only care if we are willing to spend billions of dollars in order to make sure their sport's biggest event is a world class event. If we aren't willing to do that, if we are not willing to spend what it takes to make sure we have world class stadiums, venues, hotels, etc., they will just take their party to some other country who will (see Qatar). They really could care less about the whole Canadian soccer vs. hockey debate.
The World Cup is an amazing party and Brazil will be rocking with everyone drinking, toasting and celebrating their national teams. The country will draw hundreds of thousands of soccer fans from around the world. The World Cup in Qatar will probably suck because everything we love about partying (drinking, sex, dancing in the streets, etc.) they tend to frown upon. The world's billions of soccer fans could probably care less whether Canada is involved or not.
Welkin here is just about the only one who has made any sense, everyone else seems to be missing the point.
Think of the World Cup more along the level of the summer olympics. Countries bid on both for mostly the economic benefit and to showcase themselves on a global stage. How do Olympic sports such as say fencing, track and field events, cycling, or even winter olympic sports like luge or whatever else compare on national north american tv for viewership? Yet Canada has hosted 3 Olympics. From what I understand the World Cup has more global viewership than the summer games, probably more attendance than the summer games, and pulls in more income than the summer games for both fifa and the host country. Also it is held in stadiums (which are fitted with a lot of temporary seating in most stadiums of host countries) vs olympic legacy venues which are much harder to find significant value in post games.
Canada, it seems, is going through a fairly substantial stadium rebuild phase right now and with new or almost completely rebuilt stadiums in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, Regina, Probably Calgary in the future, and the big O in Montreal to go through renovations and a new roof. With existing facilities like Commonwealth in Edmonton and Skydome in Toronto, we would need a few more Stadiums in cities like Halifax and Quebec City by 2026. Add temporary seating to the venues that need it to meet fifa standards. I was at a few World Cup games at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town and all the new and renovated stadiums in Canada at least be as comparable. Green Point, a very beautiful venue, was actually pretty bare bones with a lot of temp seating.
Canada has successfully hosted 3 fifa events in the past and will host the Womens World Cup in 3 years. We already have adequate existing airports and infrastructure to host this event. We have a good economy and pretty much every major event we host we are successful at. Canada and Canadians have a pretty good reputation around the world and will have no problem attracting enough tourists to fill all the venues and party with us for a month solid. If you don't think fifa is taking a serious look at us then you're not paying attention.
Look, I'm not saying that we're a shoe in to host the World Cup, there's still a lot that has to fall into place for us. All I'm saying is that we are better positioned to host this than most of you think. Canada does have an appetite to host these large global events, it may be whether or not the government has enough will to seize the opportunity (grease some palms) when it comes. It's all just big business anyway.
Besides who wouldn't want to party down with loads of happy fans and bikini clad Brazilian hotties for a month. Believe me it is the biggest party you've ever seen, even paint drying fans can have fun.