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USA shows off size advantage
by Paul Kennedy, June 17th, 2009 7AM



[WORLD CUP 2018/2022] The USA Bid Committee's short list of stadiums associated with host cities it has requested submit proposals to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup consists of 45 stadiums representing 37 metropolitan markets. Underscoring the size advantage the USA will have in the bid process, the short list includes four stadiums with capacities of 100,000 or more, seven with 90,000 or more, 10 with 80,000 or more and a whopping 26 with 70,000 or more.

Of the 27 venues who didn't make the short list, most were college stadiums in smaller college markets. The two college stadiums outside major markets on the list of 45 are those operated by University of Tennessee and University of Arkansas.

Only two NFL stadiums -- Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium and Green Bay's Lambeau Field -- didn't make the cut.

The bid committee's requests for proposals issued on Monday request information from city officials covering a vast array of subjects such as tourism, climate, security, transportation, promotion and more.

The USA's application is due to FIFA in May 2010. FIFA's 24?member Executive Committee will study the bids, conduct site visits and name the two host nations for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December 2010.

Note: c=college football stadium; NFL=NFL stadium
*under construction

1. Ann Arbor, Mich. (c-University of Michigan Stadium) 108,000
2. Columbus, Ohio (c-Ohio Stadium) 101,568
Knoxville, Tenn. (c-Neyland Stadium) 100,011
4. Dallas, Texas (*NFL-Dallas Cowboys New Stadium) 100,000
5. Los Angeles, Calif. (c-Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) 93,607
6. Pasadena, Calif. (c-Rose Bowl) 92,000+
7. Landover, Md. (NFL-FedEx Field) 91,704
8. Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl) 89,000
9. East Rutherford, N.J. (*NFL-Meadowlands Stadium) 82,000
9. Jacksonville, Fla. (NFL-Jacksonville Municipal Stadium) 82,000
11. Kansas City, Mo. (NFL-Arrowhead Stadium) 77,000
12. Denver, Colo. (NFL-Invesco Field) 76,125
13. Miami Gardens, Fla. (NFL-Land Shark Stadium) 75,540
14. Charlotte, N.C. (NFL-Bank of America Stadium) 73,778
15. Tempe, Ariz. (c-Sun Devil Stadium) 73,500
16. Cleveland, Ohio (NFL-Cleveland Browns Stadium) 73,200
17. Seattle, Wash. (c-Husky Stadium) 72,500
18. Fayetteville, Ark. (c-Reynolds Razorback Stadium) 72,000
19. Foxborough, Mass. (NFL-Gillette Stadium) 71,693
20. Houston, Texas (NFL-Reliant Stadium) 71,500
21. Atlanta, Ga. (NFL-Georgia Dome) 71,250
22. Baltimore, Md. (NFL-M&T Bank Stadium) 71,008
23. Glendale, Ariz. (NFL-University of Phoenix Stadium) 71,000
24. San Diego, Calif. (NFL-Qualcomm Stadium) 70,500
25. New Orleans, La. (NFL-Superdome) 70,000
25. Birmingham, Ala. (c-Legion Field) 70,000
27. Nashville, Tenn. (NFL-LP Field) 69,143
28. Philadelphia, Pa. (NFL-Lincoln Financial Field) 67,594
29. Detroit, Mich. (NFL-Ford Field) 67,188
30. Seattle, Wash. (NFL-Qwest Field) 67,000
31. St. Louis, Mo. (NFL-Edward Jones Dome) 66,000
32. Tampa, Fla. (NFL-Raymond James Stadium) 65,856
33. Orlando, Fla. (Florida Citrus Bowl) 65,616
34. Cincinnati, Ohio (NFL-Paul Brown Stadium) 65,535
35. San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome) 65,000
35. Pittsburgh, Pa. (NFL-Heinz Field) 65,000
37. Indianapolis, Ind. (NFL-Lucas Oil Stadium) 64,200
38. Minneapolis, Minn. (NFL-Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) 64,000
Oakland, Calif. (NFL-Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) 63,026
40. Chicago, Ill. (NFL-Soldier Field) 61,000
41. Stanford, Calif. (c-Stanford Stadium) 50,500
42. Minneapolis, Minn. (*c-TCF Bank Stadium) 50,200
43. Salt Lake City, Utah (c-Rice-Eccles Stadium) 45,603
44. Washington, D.C. (RFK Memorial Stadium) 45,600
- Las Vegas, Nev. (Sports City USA) N/A

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