Potential US World Cup Venues Trimmed Down

Potential US World Cup Venues Trimmed Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 16, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • World Cup 2018, World Cup 2022

The list of venue candidates to be part of the USA’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup has been trimmed from 58 to 45. Most are large NFL or college football stadiums.

Lots of NFL stadiums as we expected. A few college venues sprinkled in there too. Plenty of great potential venues for the USSF to pick from. Who all do you see leaving this list next?

Those crossed out join the list of others that were previously crossed out.

Potential USA World Cup Stadiums

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 StadUium 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 Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City, 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 Stanford, 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.
  • Johnny

    I'm sure you probably already know but it appears that it has now been trimmed down to 37.

  • WVHooligan

    the list is trimmed down to 37 <strong>cities</strong>…a few cities have a couple stadiums still listed…

  • Johnny

    Ah, I see. Comprehension isn't one of my strong skills. Sorry.<br />
    I was trying to see where California Memorial Stadium was on the USSoccer list and noticed it absent.

  • Alex

    Husky Stadium (Seattle) will not be a venue unless it is remodeled in the near future (highly unlikely from a financial standpoint). The U of Washington athletic director has also stated that the UW will not try to compete with Qwest Field for matches.<br />
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    I'm almost certain Qwest Field will lay down temporary grass to get a bid – reportedly the FieldTurf would have been removed in favor of grass if necessary for MLS. Overall, Seattle will have a great chance: plenty of hotels, large international airport, new infrastructure (light rail running next to the stadium), and the largest modern stadium (67,000 seats) on the West Coast.

  • jumpedcut

    I'm happy that the Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark survived the trimming. I'd love to see a WC game there (since I live in Arkansas). Can't see it actually happening though.

  • Johnny

    I’m sure you probably already know but it appears that it has now been trimmed down to 37.

    • the list is trimmed down to 37 cities…a few cities have a couple stadiums still listed…

  • Johnny

    Ah, I see. Comprehension isn’t one of my strong skills. Sorry.
    I was trying to see where California Memorial Stadium was on the USSoccer list and noticed it absent.

  • Alex

    Husky Stadium (Seattle) will not be a venue unless it is remodeled in the near future (highly unlikely from a financial standpoint). The U of Washington athletic director has also stated that the UW will not try to compete with Qwest Field for matches.

    I’m almost certain Qwest Field will lay down temporary grass to get a bid – reportedly the FieldTurf would have been removed in favor of grass if necessary for MLS. Overall, Seattle will have a great chance: plenty of hotels, large international airport, new infrastructure (light rail running next to the stadium), and the largest modern stadium (67,000 seats) on the West Coast.

  • jumpedcut

    I’m happy that the Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark survived the trimming. I’d love to see a WC game there (since I live in Arkansas). Can’t see it actually happening though.

  • Ryan

    I really really can't see FIFA putting a WC match in a domed non-retractable roof stadium, so you have to figure the Georgia Dome and Superdome are out.

  • Ryan

    I really really can’t see FIFA putting a WC match in a domed non-retractable roof stadium, so you have to figure the Georgia Dome and Superdome are out.