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April 8, 2009
Bid committee contacts 70 stadiums

NEW YORK---Gillette Stadium is among the 70 facilities in 50 communities contacted by the USA Bid Committee in an initial step toward preparing a formal bid to play host to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

The letters mailed last week from the USA Bid Committee to public officials and stadium operators throughout the United States outline the bid process and criteria for venue selection. FIFA calls for each bidding nation to propose a minimum of 12 stadiums, each capable of seating 40,000 or more spectators. Stadiums with a minimum capacity of 80,000 are required by FIFA for consideration to play host to the Opening Match and Final Match.

Out of the 70 stadiums under consideration, more than 65 have a capacity above 60,000, and more than 20 have a capacity above 80,000.

In 1994, nine U.S. stadiums were used when the United States played host to FIFA World Cup, which then featured a 24-team and 52-match format compared to today’s field of 32 nations competing in 64 matches. Despite the smaller field and schedule of matches in 1994, the United States set an overall attendance mark of 3,587,538, a record that broke the previous tournament mark by more than one million fans and still stands today.

The 70 stadiums identified by the USA Bid Committee as candidates to play host to World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022 include National Football League stadiums, college football stadiums, and domed and retractable roof stadiums. The 70 stadiums represent 31 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The stadiums contacted by the bid committee:

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

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