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USA Bid Committee targets huge stadiums
by Paul Kennedy, April 9th, 2009 7AM
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[WORLD CUP 2018/2022] The World Cup in Lincoln, Neb., or at Green Bay's famed  Lambeau Field? They might be long shots for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, but they were among the 44 stadiums with a capacity of 70,000 or more the USA Bid Committee has identified on its initial list of stadiums.

Public officials and stadium operators of 70 stadiums in 55 metropolitan areas and 31 states and the District of Columbia have been formally contacted about the bid process and criteria for venue selection.

Indicative of the enormous depth it has to work with, the USA Bid Committee's initial list of stadiums has includes 24 stadiums with a capacity of 80,000 or more, 13 with a capacity of 90,000 and more and four with a capacity in excess of 100,000.

FIFA has set May 2010 as the deadline for countries to submit their final paperwork to play host to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Its 24-member executive committee will then study the bids, conduct site visits and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December 2010.

c=college football stadium
NFL=NFL stadium
*to open in 2009.


1. University Park, Pa. (c-Beaver Stadium) 107,282
2. Ann Arbor, Mich. (c-University of Michigan Stadium) 106,201
3. Columbus, Ohio  (c-Ohio Stadium) 102,329
4. Knoxville, Tenn. (c-Neyland Stadium) 102,037
5. Austin, Texas (c-Royal Texas Memorial Stadium) 94,113
6. Los Angeles, Calif. (c-Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) 93,607
7. Athens, Ga. (c-Sanford Stadium) 92,746
8. Pasadena, Calif. (c-Rose Bowl) 92,542
9. Baton Rouge, La. (c-Tiger Stadium) 92,400
10. Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl) 92,200
11. Tuscaloosa, Ala. (c-Bryant-Denny Stadium) 92,138
12. Landover, Md. (NFL-FedEx Field) 91,704
13. Lincoln, Neb. (c-Memorial Stadium) 91,067
14. Gainesville, Fla. (c-Ben Hill Griffin Stadium) 88,548
15. Tallahassee, Fla. (c-Doak Campbell Stadium) 88,300
16. Auburn, Ala. (c-Jordan-Hare Stadium) 87,451
17. College Station, Texas (c-Kyle Field) 83,002
18. East Rutherford, N.J. (*NFL-Meadowlands Stadium) 82,500
19. Norman, Okla. (c-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium) 82,112
20. South Bend, Ind. (c-Notre Dame Stadium)  80,795
21. Madison, Wis. (c-Camp Randall Stadium) 80,321
22. Clemson, S.C. (c-Memorial Stadium) 80,301
23. Columbia, S.C. (c-Williams-Brice Stadium) 80,250
24. Dallas, Texas (*NFL-Dallas Cowboys New Stadium) 80,000
25. Kansas City, Mo. (NFL-Arrowhead Stadium) 79,409
26. Denver, Colo. (NFL-Invesco Field) 76,125
27. Fayetteville, Ark. (c-Reynolds Razorback Stadium) 76,000
28. Berkeley, Calif. (c-California Memorial Stadium) Berkeley, Calif. 75,662
29. Orchard Park, N.Y. (NFL-Ralph Wilson Stadium) 75,339
30. East Lansing, Mich. (c-Spartan Stadium) 75,025
31. Miami Gardens, Fla. (NFL-Dolphin Stadium) 74,916
32. Tempe, Ariz. (c-Sun Devil Stadium) 73,329
33. Charlotte, N.C. (NFL-Bank of America Stadium) 73,250
34. Cleveland, Ohio (NFL-Cleveland Browns Stadium) 73,200
35. Jacksonville, Fla. (NFL-Jacksonville Municipal Stadium) 73,000
36. Green Bay, Wis. (NFL-Lambeau Field) Green Bay, Wis. 72,515
37. Seattle, Wash. (c-Husky Stadium) Seattle, Wash. 72,500
38. New Orleans, La. (NFL-Superdome) 72,003
39. Birmingham, Ala. (c-Legion Field) Birmingham, Ala. 71,594
40. San Diego, Calif. (NFL-Qualcomm Stadium) 71,294
41. Atlanta, Ga. (NFL-Georgia Dome)  71,149
42. Iowa City, Iowa (c-Kinnick Stadium) 70,585
43. Orlando, Fla. (Florida Citrus Bowl) 70,188
44. Houston, Texas (c-Rice Stadium) 70,000
45. Houston, Texas (NFL-Reliant Stadium) 69,500
46. Baltimore, Md. (NFL-M&T Bank Stadium) 69,084
47. Philadelphia, Pa. (NFL-Lincoln Financial Field) 68,500
48. Columbia, Mo. (c-Faurot Field) 68,349
49. Foxborough, Mass. (NFL-Gillette Stadium) 68,000
49. Seattle, Wash. (NFL-Qwest Field) 68,000
51. Lexington, Ky. (c-Commonwealth Stadium) 67,606
52. Nashville, Tenn. (NFL-LP Field) 67,000
53. Blacksburg, Va. (c-Lane Stadium) 66,233
54. St. Louis, Mo. (NFL-Edward Jones Dome) 66,000
55. Tampa, Fla. (NFL-Raymond James Stadium) 65,657
56. Cincinnati, Ohio (NFL-Paul Brown Stadium) 65,600
57. Detroit, Mich. (NFL-Ford Field) 65,000
57. Provo, Utah (c-LaVell Edwards Stadium) 65,000
57. San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome) 65,000
60. Pittsburgh, Pa. (NFL-Heinz Field) 64,500
61. Minneapolis, Minn. (NFL-Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) 64,035
62. Oakland, Calif. (NFL-Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) 63,146
63. Chicago, Ill. (NFL-Soldier Field)  63,000
63. Indianapolis, Ind. (NFL-Lucas Oil Stadium) 63,000
63. Glendale, Ariz. (NFL-University of Phoenix Stadium) 63,000
66. Champaign, Ill. (c-Memorial Stadium) 62,872
67. New Haven, Conn. (c-Yale Bowl) 61,446
68. Washington, D.C. (RFK Memorial Stadium) 56,692
69. Minneapolis, Minn. (*c-TCF Bank Stadium) 50,300
70. Stanford, Calif. (c-Stanford Stadium) 50,000

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