Being the active and sporty city Vancouver is, it’s only fitting for the city to host a diverse portfolio of sporting events. Vancouver’s inspiring natural environment – from open fields to mountaintops overlooking a cosmopolitan city, combined with a competitive spirit, makes Vancouver the ideal home for athletes and spectators alike.
Vancouver will be recognized as one of the host cities for the FIFA World Cup in 2026. This is the first time the FIFA Men’s World Cup matches will be played on Canadian soil, putting the global spotlight on BC to not only inspire the next generation of players, but to also support and boost our tourism and hospitality sectors. This World Cup will be the largest ever held, and the first to feature 48 teams playing in 80 matches.
The 6th annual Laver Cup has also declared Vancouver as a host city for the tennis tournament in 2023. Relatively new to the tennis schedule, the Laver Cup is a three-day competition where six of the best players from team Europe, captained by tennis legend Bjorn Borg play against the six leading players from Team World, led by Borg’s rival, John McEnroe. The matches will be held in Rogers Arena, where many other sporting events have and will continue to take place including the World Rugby Sevens and the 2025 Invictus Games.
For those feeling inspired and want to let out their inner athlete, Vancouver has countless turfs and tennis courts located around the city where you can practice your skills and work on your swings.
Our top picks for the best turf fields in Vancouver:
- Trillium Park – this 3-acre park in False Creek consists of two turf fields, as well as a playground, amphitheater, lawn area, meadows, rain gardens and a community plaza.
- Empire Fields at Hastings Park – previously used as the BC Lions’ temporary football stadium and training venue for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the park also offers spectator seating and other professional amenities making it a good space for organized teams.
- Memorial South Park – this large park in the Riley Park/Sunset neighbourhood offers ample space to play with four soccer fields, and a lit synthetic turf field.
Our top picks for the best tennis courts in Vancouver:
- Stanley Park – Vancouver’s most cherished park is home to 21 tennis courts located near the Lost Lagoon and English Bay.
- Queen Elizabeth Park – have a stroll around the Q.E. gardens and Bloedel Conservatory after playing on one of their 18 courts.
- Kitsilano Beach – if you enjoy a beach front view, Kits Beach has 10 outdoor courts and a practice wall.