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U.S. World Cup Bid Cutdown

Eleven cities have been eliminated from contention to be part of the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022: Birmingham, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fayetteville, Ark., Knoxville, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and San Antonio.

The 32 stadium in 27 metro areas in contention on the continuation of this thread.....

Georgia Dome, Atlanta
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Soldier Field, Chicago
Browns Stadium, Cleveland
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tex.
INVESCO Field, Denver
Ford Field, Detroit
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Reliant Stadium, Houston
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Jacksonville Stadium, Jacksonville
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Coliseum, Los Angeles
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Land Shark Stadium, Miami
LP Field, Nashville
Meadowlands, New Jersey
Oakland-Alameda Stadium, Oakland
Citrus Bowl, Orlando
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
Qwest Field, Seattle
Husky Stadium, Seattle
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
RFK Stadium, Washington
FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2009; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  USA World Cup bid  
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Comments

Too bad for everyone about Vegas

Posted by: ZidVicious | August 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe Fayetteville was dropped. What's wrong with these people?

I think Gillette Stadium makes the cut by a razor-thin margin.

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

krp, USSF doesn't like Ohio.

I'm surprised there are still a few college stadiums left.

Posted by: sitruc | August 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Would the venues have to put in grass fields for the World Cup or would some games be played on turf?

Posted by: noptov | August 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Of the stadiums still in the running...

Cut List:
RFK
Husky Stadium
Browns Stadium
M&T
Ford Field
Michigan Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
Cotton Bowl
Oakland Coliseum
Qualcomm*
Stanford*

*Those AREAS should remain in the running - pending new areans in San Diego and San Francisco.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 20, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for everyone about Vegas

Posted by: ZidVicious | August 20, 2009 12:32 PM

Yeah, nothing like a 122 degree World Cup kick-off temperature.

But it's a dry broil!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 20, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Why do they even include the stadiums? They're basically offering up cities only, since there will be so many new stadiums built in the next 9/13 years. Including here in Washington.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd definitely take M&T ahead of FedEx.

Posted by: Pedalada | August 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Count me in as someone who prefers M&T over Fedex. I'm shocked that RFK, Fedex, and M&T are all still on the list. It's going to be awesome if we get DC AND Baltimore, which appears they will do. I suspect 1 of those will be gotten rid of.

Who knows, maybe if RFK wins the bid, they will rehab it and DC wont need to find a new stadium...Just a thought.

Posted by: strago | August 20, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't bank on that, Pedalada.

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 20, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@Pedalada

I agree. M&T provides a better fan experience and sight lines than FedEx. If only one of the two had to be chosen, however, I think Fedex would win because its capacity is much greater. More seats=more money.

then again, I'm not sure if FedEx could handle a wide enough field for the world cup. The field for the Real vs DCU game seemed a bit narrow.

Posted by: invncbl | August 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Land Shark Stadium is a new one for me. What's next, Bass-o-matic Field? Wayne's World Arena?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Land Shark Stadium...Is that in Chevy Chase?

Posted by: kenemerc | August 20, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

FedEx will win over M & T because with it's capacity this time the Final can be played in the nations capital as it traditionally is. No way they eliminate DC from the mix altogether. Won't happen.

Posted by: croftonpost | August 20, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

USSF doesn't like Ohio.
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In case you didn't notice, Cleveland is still on the list. Last I looked, it's in Ohio.

Too many hot weather and domed sites, for my taste. For that reason, I was excited that Minneapolis was on the original list -- thought it was a good bet. Disappointed to see it get cut.

@VAblueblood -- Stanford stadium's redo is pretty spectacular -- and it was done, in part, with an eye on a future World Cup bid.

It seems a fair bet that either DC or Baltmore will get a prime spot, despite the potential for ludicrously hot playing conditions. Why o why can't we have a World Cup scheduled for the locals and the players, instead of European TV audiences?

Posted by: fischy | August 20, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to guess that the southern stadiums are a group-stage shoe-in for whatever group will feature Mexico or whatever other CONCACAF teams qualify. Otherwise we would really need to put as many matches in the northern states as possible to help with the hot American summers.

So, one group (possibly two) in California/Arizona, one group in Texas, one in Florida. That'll help CONCACAF. Seattle, with both Qwest and Husky, can take a group. Atlanta/Carolina can take a group and DC/B'more can take a group (possibly two). Philly/Jersey could work if the stadiums can pull it off. Missouri or Michigan could work too. We could easily accomodate all 8 groups.

Maybe we could use the other locations for the knockout rounds? Local interests would get exposure and the tourism would help the economy tremendously.

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | August 20, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@fischy,

I realize that - but it's tiny. The only way the Bay Area should get games by my standards is if they bring a 60K plus stadium with modern amenities. The only way that's happening is if the 49ers ever get their park in Santa Clara.

Also, I would add I belive the 2022 World Cup Final will be played here in DC in Danny Boy's new F.U. Jerry Jones Stadium on the site of RFK. Featuring HD screens from END-END. Retractable roof and sides. 110,000 seats. Luxury boxes in the locker rooms and will be LEED Platinum and feature the ability for fans to take out Redskins mortgages in order to afford concessions, parking, tickets, PSLs, Twitter rights, social networking access, WiFi, and whatever anyone else might need.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

M*ch*g*n Stadium still in, Columbus and Cincinnati out?? Cleveland notwithstanding, the International Wolverine Conspiracy strikes again!

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

They have to bid what they know since some countries will be bidding they have to build new stadiums or renovate as part of their bidding. I agree the odds are good that by 2022 RFK will be bulldozed and Snyder will have built a 100+ stadium to top the Cowboys and that likely would come into play when they determine the final location. But I have a feeling Australia gets 2022 as somewhere new and to make the Asian Federation happy since they've only hosted once.

Posted by: thrh1 | August 20, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, will anyone still be living in M*ch*g*n by 2022 or is the thinking that global warming makes everything south of Cincinnati uninhabitable so we need to keep our options open?

Posted by: benonthehill | August 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@strago

The chances that both Baltimore and Washington get a chance to host is virtually zero. FIFA prefers 8-10 host cities (although they did allow 12 for Germany and the 2014 WC in Brazil). It seems likely that the DC/Baltimore area will get 1 of those slots so there is a more "even" distribution of venues.

Posted by: ricecloudnine | August 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

M*ch*g*n Stadium... I'm not getting the reason for the asterisks. Can someone fill me in?

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think it is because Michigan is a dirty word!

Posted by: jermWV | August 20, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"FedEx will win over M & T because with it's capacity this time the Final can be played in the nations capital as it traditionally is. No way they eliminate DC from the mix altogether. Won't happen.

Posted by: croftonpost | August 20, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse"
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Gawd help us. That means the final game would be played at between noon and 3pm to give Europe a prime-time viewing slot. I went to the DCU-RM match and the heat in FedEx was beyond belief (not to mention the interminable walk from and to the Metro). Hopefully by then Snyder will have built his new, roofed-and-enclosed stadium on the RFK grounds (and DCU will have its own, proper 25K-seat stadium in Poplar Point).

Posted by: Juan-John | August 20, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

If Fedex is really too narrow for an official FIFA match and cannot be widened for the WC, then Baltimore will be used as the "DC area" venue since no other suitable stadium exists (unless the Snyder Dome is built by then.)

Posted by: PeteO1 | August 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe Fayetteville was dropped...I think Gillette Stadium makes the cut by a razor-thin margin.

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 20, 2009 12:42 PM

Yes, and since Fayetteville was dropped, apparently a razorback-thin margin was a bit too much.

Posted by: CDRHoek | August 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, according to Wikipedia, the 2006 World Cup final was played on July 9. The DC average temperature in this past July was 73, with a high of 82 according to the NOAA's website.

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | August 20, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@Rosslyn45: Fair 'nuff. Maybe it was the heat in combination with the crappy stadium when I went to the RM game that has colored my view of anything having to do with FedEx.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 20, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@joedoc: jermWV is quite correct. To those of us in Ohio (and especially Ohio State pointythrowball fans), M*ch*g*n (a/k/a That State Up North) is a dirty word, never to be uttered in polite company. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 20, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Those in WV don't exactly aprreciate M*ch*g*n either!

Posted by: jermWV | August 20, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Go Denver.

Great stadium for soccer. If it can host Obama's DNC speech, it can handle a world cup group.

Seems to me that US Soccer should tie the WC stadium choices to the MLS. The ten teams with the best winning percentage over the next two seasons should host. Hmmm....

Posted by: hacksaw | August 20, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 20, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Transit for FedEx is awful.

M&T has to be favored over FedEx at this point.

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | August 21, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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