USSF Releases List of Potential Stadiums

USSF Releases List of Potential Stadiums

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 8, 2009
  • 18 Comments
  • Stadium Talk, World Cup 2018, World Cup 2022

Talk about a list. The USSF has releases a list of 70 stadiums that could be potentially used for a World Cup venue in either 2018 or 2022. Some are more than likely going to be used as they were used back in 1994 while some new stadiums mark the list that could make for an interesting location.

Some stadiums may surprise you like Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor or other random college venues like that.

Below is the full list from the USSF. I marked in bold which ones I believe could be in the final 20 or so that the USSF will be picking from for their bids. They have some serious contenders here for venues, plenty of good venues that will blow away the 1994 list.

Metro Market Stadium Location
Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta, Ga. Sanford Stadium Athens, Ga.
Austin, Texas Royal Texas Memorial Stadium Austin, Texas
Baltimore, Md. M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Md.
Baton Rouge, La. Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, La.
Birmingham, Ala. Legion Field Birmingham, Ala.
Birmingham, Ala. Bryant-Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Boston, Mass. Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Mass.
Buffalo, N.Y. Ralph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park, N.Y.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Kinnick Stadium Iowa City, Iowa
Champaign, Ill. Memorial Stadium Champaign, Ill.
Charlotte, N.C. Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Chicago, Ill. Soldier Field Chicago, Ill.
Cincinnati, Ohio Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Browns Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Columbia, Mo. Faurot Field Columbia, Mo.
Columbia, S.C. Williams-Brice Stadium Columbia, S.C.
Columbus, Ga. Jordan-Hare Stadium Auburn, Ala.
Columbus, Ohio Ohio Stadium Columbus, Ohio
Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas Dallas Cowboys New Stadium Arlington, Texas
Denver, Colo. Invesco Field Denver, Colo.
Detroit, Mich. University of Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, Mich.
Detroit, Mich. Ford Field Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Mich. Spartan Stadium East Lansing, Mich.
Fayetteville, Ark. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Fayetteville, Ark.
Green Bay, Wis. Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wis.
Greenville, S.C. Memorial Stadium Clemson, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa. Beaver Stadium University Park, Pa.
Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas Rice Stadium Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas Kyle Field College Station, Texas
Indianapolis, Ind. Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Ind.
Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville, Fla. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gainesville, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo. Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo.
Knoxville, Tenn. Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tenn.
Lexington, Ky. Commonwealth Stadium Lexington, Ky.
Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif. Rose Bowl Pasadena, Calif.
Madison, Wis. Camp Randall Stadium Madison, Wis.
Miami, Fla. Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens, Fla.
Minneapolis, Minn. TCF Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minn.
Minneapolis, Minn. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis, Minn.
Nashville, Tenn. LP Field Nashville, Tenn.
New Haven, Conn. Yale Bowl New Haven, Conn.
New Orleans, La. Superdome New Orleans, La.
New York, N.Y. Meadowlands Stadium East Rutherford, N.J.
Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Norman, Okla.
Omaha, Neb. Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Neb.
Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando, Fla.
Philadelphia, Pa. Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pa.
Phoenix, Ariz. University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Ariz.
Phoenix, Ariz. Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, Ariz.
Pittsburgh, Pa. Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pa.
Roanoke, Va. Lane Stadium Blacksburg, Va.
Salt Lake City, Utah LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
San Antonio, Texas Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, Calif.
San Fran/Oakland, Calif. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Oakland, Calif.
San Fran/Oakland, Calif. Stanford Stadium Palo Alto, Calif.
San Fran/Oakland, Calif. California Memorial Stadium Berkeley, Calif.
Seattle, Wash. Qwest Field Seattle, Wash.
Seattle, Wash. Husky Stadium Seattle, Wash.
South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame, Ind.
St. Louis, Mo. Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, Mo.
Tallahassee, Fla. Doak Campbell Stadium Tallahassee, Fla.
Tampa, Fla. Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla.
Washington, D.C. RFK Memorial Stadium Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. FedEx Field Landover, Md.
  • Kevin

    Which LA stadium do you think they would choose? I know they had it in the Rose Bowl in '94, but lately, soccer games have been hosted in the coliseum, and, frankly, the RB is a small field and falling into disrepair. <br />
    <br />
    Did I just answer my own question, lol?

  • Doug

    Ohio Stadium is way too narrow. It was used by the Crew but its not even up to NCAA regulations for soccer.

  • Offside

    They'll choose the 16 largest (balancing media market and capacity) NFL stadiums and play 4 games at each (3 group, 1 knockout).<br />
    <br />
    This list is just a dog-and-pony to show how far ahead we are of any other nation in terms of facilities. Most of the other contenders can't produce 6 stadiums over 50,000 capacity.

  • Bob

    Madison, Wis. Camp Randall Stadium Madison, Wis.<br />
    <br />
    no better place to put a world cup match than Madison Wisconsin…NOT JOKING…they should spread the games out so that the whole country is touched by the tournament. Madison would be a great addition…but they would need grass.

  • Joe

    Drew, why do you like Ohio Stadium over the Browns stadium? Ohio Stadium is incredibly narrow (the pitch, that is), and obviously very old. The Browns' Stadium is pretty new (built in the 90's), seats 73k, and, I've heard, is just a great place overall. Plus Cleveland is a more exciting city than Columbus, at least in my opinion.

  • Kevin

    Which LA stadium do you think they would choose? I know they had it in the Rose Bowl in ’94, but lately, soccer games have been hosted in the coliseum, and, frankly, the RB is a small field and falling into disrepair.

    Did I just answer my own question, lol?

  • Doug

    Ohio Stadium is way too narrow. It was used by the Crew but its not even up to NCAA regulations for soccer.

  • Offside

    They’ll choose the 16 largest (balancing media market and capacity) NFL stadiums and play 4 games at each (3 group, 1 knockout).

    This list is just a dog-and-pony to show how far ahead we are of any other nation in terms of facilities. Most of the other contenders can’t produce 6 stadiums over 50,000 capacity.

  • Steve

    Hey BOB. are you from around the Madison area? i am, just curious to see if you are as well.<br />
    <br />
    I agree that camp randall would be a great stadium to host a game, but i do see problems with parking in the area. But, madison is a great city that would be a very welcoming site for a world cup match.<br />
    <br />
    The problems i see with this of course is how close chicago is to madison. I am sure that we are more likely to see Chicago/Twin cities than Chicago/Madison for the upper midwest area.

  • Bob

    Madison, Wis. Camp Randall Stadium Madison, Wis.

    no better place to put a world cup match than Madison Wisconsin…NOT JOKING…they should spread the games out so that the whole country is touched by the tournament. Madison would be a great addition…but they would need grass.

  • Richard

    If there's going to be 16 stadiums, then from your bolded 20, I will say<br />
    <br />
    – 1 out of Charlotte, Atlanta, and Nashville<br />
    – LA Memorial vs Rose Bowl who knows<br />
    – Not sold on Columbus, Cleveland, or Cincinnati with Chicago and Detroit nearby… maybe 1 of them though<br />
    – 1 in Florida… Would be Tampa b/c it's centrally located…<br />
    – Yes to Dallas and Houston having one each<br />
    – Def two in Cali, the second one should be north of LA though, so no San Diego… But Stanford/Berkely/Oakland aren't great… one of those three though<br />
    – FedEx &gt; RFK (which might be gone by then)<br />
    – No Philly in '94, who knows if it will be used with DC, NY, and NE nearby…<br />
    <br />
    Average attendance will be in the high 70's…<br />
    <br />
    – Final in NY<br />
    – Semi's in Dallas/Chicago and LA<br />
    – Quarters in Dallas/Chicago, DC, Seattle, Tampa/Houston/Boston/Phoenix<br />
    – 16's in Tampa/Houston/Boston/Phoenix (3 of them), Denver, Detroit, KC, Philly, other CA/SE stadium<br />
    <br />
    With 16 stadiums, 1 will be left out of the knockout round, so maybe they go with 15 which would be fine.<br />
    KC, Philly, other SE, and Houston on the chopping block

  • Joe

    Drew, why do you like Ohio Stadium over the Browns stadium? Ohio Stadium is incredibly narrow (the pitch, that is), and obviously very old. The Browns’ Stadium is pretty new (built in the 90’s), seats 73k, and, I’ve heard, is just a great place overall. Plus Cleveland is a more exciting city than Columbus, at least in my opinion.

  • Steve

    Hey BOB. are you from around the Madison area? i am, just curious to see if you are as well.

    I agree that camp randall would be a great stadium to host a game, but i do see problems with parking in the area. But, madison is a great city that would be a very welcoming site for a world cup match.

    The problems i see with this of course is how close chicago is to madison. I am sure that we are more likely to see Chicago/Twin cities than Chicago/Madison for the upper midwest area.

  • jumpedcut

    It would be awesome (however doubtful) for them to put one in Fayetteville, Ark. I would love it since it'd just be a short drive for me since I live in Arkansas. I can always get my hopes up.

  • Richard

    If there’s going to be 16 stadiums, then from your bolded 20, I will say

    – 1 out of Charlotte, Atlanta, and Nashville
    – LA Memorial vs Rose Bowl who knows
    – Not sold on Columbus, Cleveland, or Cincinnati with Chicago and Detroit nearby… maybe 1 of them though
    – 1 in Florida… Would be Tampa b/c it’s centrally located…
    – Yes to Dallas and Houston having one each
    – Def two in Cali, the second one should be north of LA though, so no San Diego… But Stanford/Berkely/Oakland aren’t great… one of those three though
    – FedEx > RFK (which might be gone by then)
    – No Philly in ’94, who knows if it will be used with DC, NY, and NE nearby…

    Average attendance will be in the high 70’s…

    – Final in NY
    – Semi’s in Dallas/Chicago and LA
    – Quarters in Dallas/Chicago, DC, Seattle, Tampa/Houston/Boston/Phoenix
    – 16’s in Tampa/Houston/Boston/Phoenix (3 of them), Denver, Detroit, KC, Philly, other CA/SE stadium

    With 16 stadiums, 1 will be left out of the knockout round, so maybe they go with 15 which would be fine.
    KC, Philly, other SE, and Houston on the chopping block

  • jumpedcut

    It would be awesome (however doubtful) for them to put one in Fayetteville, Ark. I would love it since it’d just be a short drive for me since I live in Arkansas. I can always get my hopes up.

  • Joseph

    Lincoln field in Philadelphia would be a spectacular venue. It's new(ish), very nice, an no stranger to soccer matches. In fact it's hosting a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal doubleheader in July – <a href="http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/news/News.asp?story_id=96.&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/news/News.as…</a>" target="_blank">http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/news/News.as…</a></a> I think the first match of any sport played there was between Man U and Barcelona in 2003, even. Every time soccer comes through, it gets very decent spectatorship. The stadium's pretty well served by rail transit as well, which I think is a big plus compared to suburban stadiums.

  • Joseph

    Lincoln field in Philadelphia would be a spectacular venue. It’s new(ish), very nice, an no stranger to soccer matches. In fact it’s hosting a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal doubleheader in July – http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/news/News.asp?story_id=96. I think the first match of any sport played there was between Man U and Barcelona in 2003, even. Every time soccer comes through, it gets very decent spectatorship. The stadium’s pretty well served by rail transit as well, which I think is a big plus compared to suburban stadiums.