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First ever World Cup soccer final on synthetic

B.C. Place's 55,000 capacity and recent refurb were factors in securing a World Cup final.

B.C. Place’s 55,000 capacity and recent refurb were factors in securing a World Cup final.

B.C. Place Stadium will be the site of the first-ever World Cup soccer final played on artificial turf when finalists take to the pitch in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2015.

The final match, certainly, we wanted to maximise the number of participants, the number of people that are in the seats. B.C. Place obviously has that capacity,

said national organising committee member Steve Reed.

Canadian organisers and FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, made the decision on the final venue jointly. They hope to build on the success of the sold-out 2012 CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying tournament that was held in Vancouver.

We’ve got good facilities across Canada,” said Reed. “But, I think, at the end of the day, FIFA looked at B.C. Place and determined that was obviously the best for them.

Vancouver for the final was part of trying to reach our goal of 1.5 million ticket sales,

said Sandra Gage, the event’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Montreal and Edmonton will host semifinal games in the tournament that runs 6 June to 5 July 2015 in six Canadian cities.