US World Cup Bid Update

US World Cup Bid Update

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 8, 2010
  • World Cup 2018, World Cup 2022, World Cup bids, World Cup Stadiums

Next Tuesday the US World Cup bid committee will narrow down the list of cities that will be apart of their big to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The list will be cut down from 27 cities to 18. Note that I say cities and not stadiums as this part is to focus on hosting cities.

The cites left in the running are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/NJ, Orlando, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington.

Of the nine that will be cut I see the following missing out here: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit,  Jacksonville, Oakland, Nashville, and San Diego.

I have my reasons for those nine cities. Some deal with the stadiums in place right now and others deal with location in respect to other cities on the bid. Before people from those towns start emailing and commenting about this it is just my opinion.

I couldn’t see the bid committee wanting to put a World Cup game in a stadium in Jacksonville that barely sells out for it’s NFL team over a new stadium like in Dallas? Same went for putting a game in an crappy stadiums like one in San Diego or Oakland when they can put one good venues like the Rose Bowl or Qwest Field. I will say a couple cities were iffy with my like St. Louis (playing in a dome?) and SanFrancisco (Candlestick really a good venue?).

Which cities do you think will miss the cut?