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Post by onetouchfutbol Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:38 pm

http://www.seattlepi.com/othersports/2050ap_soc_wcup_us_obama.html

Yeah, man!
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Post by mattywizz Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:19 am

"England and Spain, which submitted a joint bid with Portugal, are considered the favorites to host in 2018, with the U.S. seen as a favorite for 2022."

How does everybody else read that?

England has one bid with Spain and Portugal submitting another?
or
England, Spain and Portugal doing a tri-bid?

I'm thinking it is probably the former, but I really hope it's the latter because I think that would be funny!
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Post by onetouchfutbol Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:47 am

I think that "frontrunners" instead of favorites might be better wording. In any case, even if the World Cup comes here in 2022 I'll be about 8-10 years away from retirement then. I'm actually hoping to try to travel to Brazil in 2014 to see that one there. That would be amazing.

Quest Field or X-Box Pitch is being considered as a venue. I'm guessing Civic Stadium would not have enough seating to be a FIFA venue with the remodel. Are they planning on making it seat more than 40,000? I think FIFA generally wants 60,000+ or so...
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Post by Geezaldinho Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:21 am

I don't think Civic will be big enough, but 60K isn't necessarily the goal. Some of the German parks were smaller in the early rounds, and I believe the South Africans will have some smaller stadiums as well.

I think one of the German stadiums was only 35-40K.

FIFA DOES want a mega-stadium (80-100K) for the finals. There aren't too many such venues in this country, especially ones that have enough sky boxes for the fat cats.
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Post by onetouchfutbol Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:39 pm

There are enough venues though. I'm sure they'd use the Rose Bowl again. It seats 91,000+.

This has some of the venues that were used:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_FIFA_World_Cup
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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:06 pm

The Rose Bowl is probably the best bet. The others that would be big enough are college stadiums like the Big House, Beaver Stadium, or Neyland, but--no offense--Ann Arbor, State College, and Knoxville aren't exactly World Cup-caliber host cities.

I would totally go to Seattle for a World Cup match. And I can tell you I will be up at Qwest with some...friends...sometime this summer...
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Post by ragingplatapus49 Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:48 pm

went to the rose bowl this winter.....great tradition, dump venue....im sure they dont look at capacity so much as what will provide the best atmosphere, because its not like theyre making their money on the extra 20,000+ tickets sold
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Post by Rob's Jacket Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:51 pm

PurplePrideTrumpet wrote:And I can tell you I will be up at Qwest with some...friends...sometime this summer...

I think we run in the same crowd, PPT! Very Happy

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Post by onetouchfutbol Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:10 pm

Rob's Jacket wrote:
PurplePrideTrumpet wrote:And I can tell you I will be up at Qwest with some...friends...sometime this summer...

I think we run in the same crowd, PPT! Very Happy

That wouldn't be for the US Men's National Team on the 4th of July, would it?
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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:13 pm

I didn't even know about that one. I think you'll know when I'm there. Wink
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