January 12, 2010
MAKING THE CUT
Gillette part of World Cup bid package
NEW YORK---Boston and Gillette Stadium will be part of the bid package submitted for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup by the USA Bid Committee.
|Gillette Stadium will be part of the USA's World Cup bid.
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The announcement of 18 potential cities and 21 stadiums was made at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the home of the New England Revolution, was one of only two facilities that currently plays host to an MLS team, the other being Qwest Field in Seattle.
Foxboro Stadium, the predecessor to Gillette Stadium hosted six games during the 1994 World Cup, drawing a total of 324,130
Joining Boston on the list of 18, which is the maximum allowable by FIFA are: Atlanta (Georgia Dome), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Dallas (Cowboys Stadium and Cotton Bowl), Denver (Invesco Field), Houston (Reliant Stadium), Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl & LA Coliseum), Miami (Land Shark Field), Nashville (LP Field), New York (New Meadowlands Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium) , Seattle (Qwest Field and Husky Stadium), Tampa (Raymond James Stadium) and Washington, D.C. (FedEx Field).
The bid process began with 58 cities last spring and had seen two additional cuts prior to Tuesay’s announcement.
FIFA is expected to announce the host countries for both 2018 and 2022 in December 2010. Ultimately, 12-to-15 cities are expected to host games. Each host city can typically expect to host four-to-six games over the four weeks of the event.
The cities and facilities will be included in the formal bid book that the USA Bid Committee will submit to FIFA on May 14, 2010.
“The United States is equipped and ready to offer FIFA the opportunity to host a passionate and successful World Cup where fans, teams, partners and media can experience the beautiful game at its highest level while allowing the world soccer family to focus on the utmost mission of the game that benefits the world as a whole,” said Sunil Gulati, the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer.
“Today our hopes of becoming a host nation are strengthened many fold by the announcement of the 18 cities we will submit to FIFA on May 14,” continued Gulati. “These 18 cities share outstanding leadership with a vision and understanding of what a FIFA World Cup™ would mean to the United States, along with how well we can play the role of host to visitors from throughout the world.”
To meet the maximum number of 18 cities that can be included in the official bid book to FIFA, the USA Bid Committee had to eliminate nine candidate host cities that had remained under consideration into the final round. Those cities are Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville, Oakland, Orlando, St. Louis and San Francisco. Among the nine eliminated cities, four were host cities when the United States previously hosted the World Cup in 1994: Chicago, Detroit, Orlando and San Francisco.