B.C. Place touted as possible World Cup venue

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

Canadian Soccer Association officials are expected to tour B.C. Place Stadium on Monday as they begin to gauge venues for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Canada was awarded the tournament March 3 by default after Zimbabwe, the only other bidder, withdrew. B.C. Pavilion Corporation is lobbying the CSA to hold the final of the 24-nation, 52 match tournament at B.C. Place Stadium.

How much the tournament will cost taxpayers is a mystery. Sport Canada pledged up to $15 million, but no other details have been released.

The CSA and FIFA refuse to publish the bid book. QMI sought a copy of the bid book, along with funding documents and briefing notes for Minister Gary Lunn from the Canadian Heritage ministry.

The ministry, however, used a loophole in the Access to Information law to grant itself an arbitrary five month disclosure delay.


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