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FIFA inspectors arrive Monday in New York
by Paul Kennedy, August 30th, 2010 7:43PM
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TAGS:  fifa, world cup 2022


[WORLD CUP 2018/22 BID] FIFA inspectors head to New York on Monday to begin a three-day tour of five of the cities included in the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the president of the Chile Football Association, heads six-person FIFA delegation that also includes Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 World Cup local organizing committee in South Africa, and four FIFA executives.

It will begin its tour in New York and also travel to Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas and Houston. Visits are planned to proposed stadiums for all five markets: the New Meadowlands Stadium for New York/New Jersey, FedExField for Washington D.C., Sun Life Stadium for Miami, Cowboys Stadium for Dallas, and Reliant Stadium for Houston.

In addition to stadiums included in the U.S. bid, the delegation will visit proposed training sites and Fan Fest venues, as well as hotels and media facilities.

It will visit convention centers that might serve as venues for the various events held around the World Cup: preliminary and final-round draw and FIFA congress.

U.S. Soccer will kick off of the tour with a a private welcoming reception at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. Representatives of all 18 U.S. cities in the bid will attend.

  1. Greg Bullen
    commented on: August 31, 2010 at 10:36 a.m.
    i thought they wer supposed to come to baltimore too. like a baltimore- washington world cup bid
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: August 31, 2010 at 1:47 p.m.
    Gee, how about a trip to the city with the largest MLS attendance? Stopping in at a wild Sounders game at QWEST field with 36,000 people might show them some enthusiasm. What they'll see in Texas is college football mania.
  1. Jeff Gingold
    commented on: August 31, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.
    Margaret has it exactly right. Seattle is the center of the US soccer universe. Are they thinking that FIFA will mistake Dolphins, Cowboys and Texans football crowds for soccer fans?
  1. Drayton Jevas
    commented on: September 1, 2010 at 6:54 a.m.
    Margaret I agree...kinda. The Seattle fans are great! Y'all make a wonderful atmosphere for the players and the sport but when it comes down to brass tax the world cup is about $$$$, just like everything else. The two stadiums in Texas hold like 80,000 people, and they are air conditioned.....$$$$$$, which is huge since the world cup is in the summer. Then there is another big factor FIFA is looking at, accomodations. Dallas and Houston have them in abundance. I do hope however that the Seattle fans travel as a family and and start an epic classic march for every U.S. game!!!!

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