Tuesday, April 28, 2009

58 U.S. Stadia Interested in Hosting World Cup

Most of the stadia expressing interest in hosting World Cup games for a successful U.S. bid in either 2018 or 2022 are used primarily for football.

The venues represent 49 metropolitan areas and include 30 of the 31 NFL stadiums - only Candlestick Park in San Francisco is not on the list. Two of those also currently are home to Major League Soccer teams: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and Qwest Field in Seattle.

A minimum of 12 stadiums capable of seating 40,000 or more must be submitted to FIFA in each nation's bid. Venues with a minimum capacity of 80,000 are required for the opening and final matches.

FIFA will award both tournaments in December 2010.

58 stadiums interested in hosting World Cup
Sports Illustrated
April 23, 2009