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Canberra will be a significant beneficiary of a successful Australian soccer World Cup finals bid, which could also help the city get a light rail network.
The Football Federation of Australia believes its bid to host the 2022 World Cup received an enormous boost from the success of Sydney's Fan Fest event, which about 500,000 people attended over the four weeks despite the late kick-off times and cold weather.
The host country will be announced in December.
IBIS World yesterday published research that found holding a World Cup in Australia would inject $35.56billion into the national economy if it was held in 2022.
This would ''dwarf the estimated $9.1billion (in real terms) of spending that the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games generated'', mainly because of the larger audiences.
Three-quarters of the spending, or about $26.8billion, would be on construction, including enhancing transport links and communication networks, and new and upgraded stadiums.
Senior analyst Michael Wilson said Canberra would be a significant beneficiary of this, because it was getting a new stadium.
''Canberra is definitely going to benefit and get a piece of world-class sporting infrastructure that will have ongoing benefits,'' he said.
The Football Federation of Australia has already revealed Canberra one of 10 proposed host cities would get a $270million stadium.
The rectangular stadium would be built next door to Canberra Stadium at the Australian Institute of Sport.
It would have an initial capacity of 40,000, but temporary seating would be removed later to reduce the size to 27,000 for the longer term.
The ACT Government is expected to contribute $100 million of the cost, and the Commonwealth the other $170 million.
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