After a month serving as one of the host cities, the FIFA Women’s World Cup concludes with the championship match from B.C. Place this afternoon.
And while we still wait on who the champion will be – the U.S. or Japan – Vancouver has been reaping the benefits of tourism over the last four weeks.
Packs of American backers could be spotted on the streets over the weekend, as revellers chose to spend their Fourth of July national holiday north of the border this year.
StubHub has reported tickets for the sold-out championship game going anywhere from $250 to as much as $5-thousand, and hotel sales across the city have been booming during the stretch of the tournament.
The impact of the World Cup being in Vancouver isn’t lost on the city’s mayor.
“It’s been fantastic for Vancouver and the whole country. We’ve done a great job of hosting ehre and the final will be an epic climax to the whole tournament. There’s been record levels of attendance and a lot of attention on women’s soccer which is an incredible support and well deserved. I’m glad we got the chance to host the tournament and really showcase this sport to the world.”
He admits while it would’ve been beneficial for fans and the economy to have the host nation competing in the final, having the next door Americans take part brings some rewards.
“Either way we’re sold out for the finals. It’s more significant to have the U.S. right next door, we saw their presence in that earlier game against Nigeria. The city was full of Americans, and they had fun and spent money which we don’t mind. We welcome that. I think it’ll be even more intense to have such a big American presence here in Vancouver.”
When asked who he’s cheering for, Gregor Robertson says he’s rooting for the underdog Japanese.
It may be a while before we find the results of just how much money the city pulled in, but on the surface it appears Vancouver is one of the many cashing in.