Friday, April 24, 2009

If The US Gets To Host Either The 2018 Or 2022 World Cup,..

...58 operators of major stadiums in the country, including all but one stadium used in the National Football League, say they are interested in hosting games, according to The Associated Press Thursday.

The different venues cover 49 major metropolitan TV markets in the country and two of them -- Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA (New England Revolution) and Qwest Field in Seattle (Seattle Sounders FC) -- host Major League Soccer teams.

The lone NFL stadium not wanting World Cup games? Candlestick Park in San Francisco, home to the San Francisco 49ers.

FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, requires countries interested in hosting World Cups to provide a list of a minimum 12 stadiums that seat over 40,000 fans in their bids. To host either an opening game or a championship final, stadiums must seat a minimum 80,000 fans.

FIFA will announce the sites for both future World Cups in December 2010. The US is set to win only one possible event.

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