The 2010 World Cup is still weeks away, but it’s time to get serious about where the 2018 and 2022 tournaments are going to be held.
The United States will submit its bid book for the events on Friday in Zurich. The U.S. will be the final presentation, following Australia, England, Holland/Belgium, Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar, Russia and Spain/Portugal.
According to the official press release, “The U.S. Bid Book includes 18 potential host cities (alphabetically): 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. The list of host cities includes 21 stadiums that are in compliance with FIFA’s requirements to be included in the bid book to FIFA. With the new Meadowlands Stadium now open, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid currently exist and 18 have been built or renovated within the last 20 years. The venues average capacities of more than 76,000 spectators while 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000 fans.”
“It has been a tremendous honor and exciting challenge to compile the USA Bid,” said John Kristick, USA Bid Committee Managing Director. “FIFA established a very high standard in the bidding process and I am proud of how our team – the Bid Committee, the host cities, stadiums, training sites and hotels from across our country – rose to the challenge. While this is an important step, we must remain focused on the work ahead, including the important FIFA Technical Inspection Tour in September.”
All of this is building towards Dec. 2, when FIFA will select the host countries for the two events.
England (2018) and the United States (2022) are the favorites, but a lot can happen between now and then.