Vancouver to host women’s 2015 World Cup final

Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium will be the site of the women’s

2015 World Cup final, the first time a championship game will be

played on artificial turf.

The venue was announced Thursday by FIFA and Canadian

organizers.

”There’s a lot of factors,” Steve Reed, a national organizing

committee member, said following a news conference across the

street from the 55,000-seat retractable-roof stadium.

”The final match, certainly, we wanted to maximize the number

of participants, the number of people that are in the seats. B.C.

Place obviously has that capacity.”

Montreal and Edmonton, Alberta, will host semifinals in the

tournament that will run from June 6 to July 5. Games also will be

played in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa; and Moncton, New

Brunswick.