Tuesday, January 12, 2010

18 Cities Placed In USA Bid To Host Future World Cups

The USA Bid Committee, formed to give the United States the ability to host either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup, formally announced the 18 potential cities they will include in the official bid package that will be presented to FIFA by the May 14 deadline.

FIFA will announce the winning bids for both events in December.

The stadiums to be considered from these cities boast an average seating capacity of 78,000, higher than the 40,000 capacity requirement to host Cup games but less than the 80,000 capacity requirement to host the Opening or Final Game.

Three cities have two stadiums that will be used -- Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix/Glendale, AZ.

The 18 potential cities were whittled down from a list that most recently was at 27. The nine cities taken out of contention for hosting duties were Charlotte, NC, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, Oakland and San Francisco, CA and St. Louis.

Here are the 18 potential cities under consideration for games and the stadiums to be used:

Atlanta - Georgia Dome (70.868)
Baltimore - M&T Bank Stadium (71,008)
Boston - Gillette Stadium (73,393)
Dallas - Cotton Bowl Stadium (89,000), Cowboys Stadium (91,000)
Denver - Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium (75,165)
Houston - Reliant Stadium (76,000)
Indianapolis - Lucas Oil Stadium (66,500)
Kansas City, KS and MO - Arrowhead Stadium (75,364)
Los Angeles - Los Angeles Coliseum (93,607), The Rose Bowl (89,000)
Miami - Landshark Stadium (80,240)
Nashville - LP Field (75,000)
New York/New Jersey - New Meadowlands Stadium (84,046)
Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field (69,111)
Phoenix/Glendale, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium (71,362)
San Diego - Qualcomm Stadium (67,700)
Seattle - Qwest Field (68,056), Husky Stadium (72,500)
Tampa - Raymond James Stadium (75,000)
Washington, DC - FedEx Field (89,600)

Should the US win the right to host either Cup, the list of cities and stadiums will likely be cut down one last time to 12.

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