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August 30, 2010
FIFA delegation to tour sites in NY, Miami, Dallas, Houston and DC

NEW YORK -- The campaign for the United States to be selected as host of the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 will move to the next phase for the USA Bid Committee when the FIFA Inspection Delegation visits the U.S. next week -- Monday, Sept. 6, to Thursday, Sept. 9.

The six-person delegation will arrive in New York City on Monday, Sept. 6, ahead of a three-day visit of five U.S. cities representing the 18 candidate host cities of the United States bid – New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas and Houston.

During this tour, the delegation will have the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the U.S. bid’s proposed stadiums, training sites, FIFA Fan Fest venues, transportation, hotels and media facilities.

“On behalf of our cities and people, the USA Bid Committee is honored to welcome the FIFA Delegation to the United States,” said Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of the bid committee. “Our respect for the importance of this visit is matched only by our passion for the game and our commitment to deliver a bid that will be considered worthy of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. To the FIFA Family and the global soccer community, we pledge and promise our very best and look forward to sharing our vision with the FIFA Delegation throughout the tour next week.”

Gulati and the USA Bid Committee will host the delegation led by Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the president of the Chile Football Association. The delegation also includes: Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup local organizing committee in South Africa; Jürgen Müller, FIFA Head of Event Management; Wolfgang Eichler, FIFA Media Officer; David Fowler, FIFA Marketing; and Julio Avellar, FIFA Competitions.

The cities included in the U.S. bid are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

Representatives of all 18 United States candidate host cities will be among the first people to greet the delegation on Monday when they gather for a private reception at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City to celebrate the delegation’s U.S. arrival.

Highlights of the three-day, five-city tour include:

* Visits to proposed World Cup stadiums for all five markets: the New Meadowlands Stadium for New York/New Jersey, FedExField for Washington D.C., Sun Life Stadium for Miami, Cowboys Stadium for Dallas, and Reliant Stadium for Houston.

* A tour of Red Bull Arena, home of the Red Bulls. Red Bull Arena opened this year and is an example of the training sites proposed for 2018 or 2022.

* Tours of a number of proposed sites for World Cup related activities, such as preliminary and final Draws, FIFA Congress, International Broadcast Center and FIFA Fan Fests.

* Meetings with soccer figures, city leaders and celebrities in each market.

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