Regina’s Mosaic Stadium is one of six Canadian facilities listed potentially as part of this country’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. Coincidentally, six Canadian cities have indicated they’re interested in hosting games in the men’s soccer tournament.
The Canadian cities are among 41 centres in the united hosting bid from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. There are lots of hoops to jump through before any decisions are made by FIFA, the scandal-ridden body that governs international soccer.
FIFA promises that consistent, playable surfaces will be available for the teams to play on and practice on. FIFA approved only real grass fields until 2015 when the Women’s World Cup had games scheduled in Canadian stadiums that had artificial-turf playing surfaces. There was a great hubbub about that, which was ultimately silenced when the American team — the biggest critics — won the event.
Mosaic Stadium has artificial turf. FIFA officials agree they may ultimately allow men’s World Cup games to be played on something other than real grass, but that’s a hoop nobody has yet jumped through.