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bushie2010-05-13 11:14:45 +0000 #1
As a personal opinion, I think the US is in its best position ever to bid for a world cup. Although with FIFA starting on a "rotating policy" and South America inveribly hosting 2014, it may not be until some time before the US has a chance to host the Cup.

In comparison to WC '94, a lot of changes, particularly in venues, would exist. Honestly, I dont think ANY stadiums from 1994 would make the cut anymore!

From my own view, the following venues would be included in any US bid:

CERTAINTIES:

Qwest Field, Seattle

Reliant Stadium, Houston

Soldier Field, Chicago

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

FedEx Field, Washington

Gillette Stadium, Boston

Ford Field, Detroit

the new Cardinals Stadium, Phoenix

Invesco Field, Denver

In addition to these, future built stadiums that are already being proposed would be included. These would include:

* Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles (benefit: renovated to attract NFL team)

* 49ers Stadium, San Francisco (this was on the card at one stage)

* Jets Stadium, NY/NJ (Jets are determined to get this venue)

There are also new stadiums proposed in San Diego, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Minneapolis

Nashville, Charlotte, Cleveland, Cinncinnati, Baltimore and Pittsburgh could all be capable of hosting as well.

The unfortunate losers in all of this I feel would be Florida. Miami's Orange Bowl is too old, and Pro Player is probably not appropriate. Likewise, Tampa's Rayomd James is probably not wide enough. Orlando's Citrus Bowl is too old. The only possibility may be Jacksonville??

I would be interested to hear others opinions on which cities they think would host World Cup matches.


El Kapitan2010-05-13 11:25:48 +0000 #2
Point taken, the CONCACAF would have a chance to organize a WC in 2018, of course the USA would be a strong contender for that WC if they bid for it, but they just organized one in 1994 which is fine... but Mexican officers already made it clear that they want the 2018 WC for Mexico, they have start talks with FIFA officers and with authorities from other countries (specially in South America) and the last time that Mexico organized a WC was in 1986. As for infraestructure like stadiums and facilities of course the US have an edge, but Mexico's advantage is that they want to build a new set of stadiums completly devoted to football (soccer), and for the most I haven't heard an american football officer say anything about another WC in the US, but still can happen.
RaulMadrid72010-05-13 11:57:45 +0000 #3
2006 if for Germany

2010 is for South Africa

2014 should be for mexico

2018 should be for Iran
bushie2010-05-13 11:54:10 +0000 #4
Iran?? Interesting choice!! If it goes to Asia, then my beloved Australia may host it, since we will be joing the Asian confederation after next years world cup!! A hell of a lot would have to be done though!
Becks2010-05-13 12:07:57 +0000 #5
Welcome Bushie!

My choices for venues:

There will be a new FC Dallas stadium built...the new stadium for D.C. United that is coming...The Home Depot Center...the Rose Bowl...The new NY/NJ MetroStars stadium that is in the works...

All of these (exception of the Rose Bowl) are football-devoted and that is the only sport to be played there.
bushie2010-05-13 11:33:30 +0000 #6
Would those stadiums meet FIFA requirements (especially capacity??)
Becks2010-05-13 12:41:06 +0000 #7
Well, the maximum capacity for Fifa now is somewhere around 100,000 or 90,000 max. The Rose Bowl will meet the max, as there have been World Cups held there before, men's and women's.
roggie152010-05-13 13:27:47 +0000 #8
Capacity might be a problem for the soccer specific stadiums in the US. Many of the stadiums being built for soccer are only made to seat about 20,000 people.

Also, I dunno if anyone else has heard this, but the Chicago Fire are getting a new stadium for next year. I was at the game this weekend against DC, and they were handing out postcards about the new stadium. I think its gonna be in a suberb of Chicago rather than in the city as Soldier Field currently is. I can't remember, but I think it said it was gonna be in Brookfield or something like that. Hopefully it's easier to get to from SW Wisconsin than it is to get to Chicago so that I can go see more games!

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