"The inability to negotiate the terms of the various bid agreements did not provide our partners, and our community, with sufficient protections from future liability and unforeseen changes in commitments", the city's Bid Committee said.
When the finalists were announced in October, the Chicago Sports Commission touted what Chicago could bring to the North American bid, which is competing with Morocco for FIFA's approval.
The British Columbia government expressed concerns over FIFA's guide for bidding, which includes a clause that "each government is requested to assume full responsibility - at its own cost - for the safety and security of the competition".
In addition to the three cities that withdrew, Charlotte, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa did not make the cut. Sixty games would be played in the USA under the bid plan, including all from the quarterfinals on.
The United Bid projects if North America is chosen nearly six million tickets will be sold to the games, and the World Cup would generate more than two billion dollars in revenue. Baltimore, which would use M&T Bank Stadium for games, joins three cities in Mexico, three in Canada and Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Tenn., New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. The Canadian cities are Edmonton, Alberta; Montreal; and Toronto; and Mexico's are Guadalajara; Mexico City; and Monterrey.
And it would virtually guarantee the host Canadian team would play at least one, possibly two games here as was the case with the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2015 Women's World Cup.
Morocco are making their fifth bid to host the tournament.
"All of our facilities exist today - the stadiums, the training sites, the airport/transportation infrastructure", Kristick said. "The concept of having existing sustainable facilities is a major benefit, and that's where our bid is clearly in an exceptional place".
On the morning the official United 2026 Bid Book was officially presented at FIFA House in Zurich, Edmonton was all in and Vancouver all out of luck.
The 1.35 million spectators who attended competition pumped almost $500 million into the economy, the federal government said in a news release. "I appreciate the federal government said, 'we're going to put $5 million in for the whole entire thing, maybe $1 million-something for BC if we were to get the games anyway, but that's just a small fraction of the costs associated with it".