[WORLD CUP 2018/2022 BID]
The USA Bid Committee received positive responses from public officials and executives representing 58 major U.S. stadiums confirming
interest in playing host to World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022.
Three new candidates -- Las Vegas, Nev., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Salt Lake City, Utah -- also reached out to the USA
Bid Committee to express their interest. Las Vegas -- which hosted the 1994 World Cup final draw -- currently does not offer a suitable stadium but requested to be included as a market for
"We are very pleased by the impressive response, and are certainly gratified by the enthusiasm and thorough understanding everyone has shown for this unique
opportunity," said USA Bid Committee executive director David Downs
. "The benefits to a host nation, and particularly to the venue cities where the
matches could be played, are numerous and lasting. Tourism, economic impact, meaningful global exposure and a legacy of being at the center of a FIFA World Cup competition await host venues and
cities if we are fortunate enough to stage the tournament here in 2018 or 2022."
The letters sent to stadium operators outlined FIFA's bid process and criteria for venue
selection, which includes the candidate host nation providing a minimum of 12 stadiums capable of seating 40,000 or more spectators. Stadiums with a minimum capacity of 80,000 are required by FIFA
for consideration to play host to the opening match and final.
Twelve stadiums -- five of the 10 with the largest capacities -- declined to be considered as potential candidates,
while conversations continue with representatives of two stadiums as local officials there explore various venue feasibility issues before confirming their interest. They are all college stadiums.
More than 20 other college stadiums have confirmed interest.
All 30 NFL stadiums contacted confirmed interest. Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers, was not listed as a
"We will soon begin contacting all venue and metro market representatives on a one-on-one basis to ensure that their candidacy is in accordance with FIFA
criteria," Downs said. "We are looking forward to working with all the parties involved as we continue this exciting bid process." BID
COMMITTEE'S STADIUM RESPONSES:
(Yes unless otherwise indicated; c=college stadium, NFL=NFL stadium.)
CAPACITY NO 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,
(c-Neyland Stadium) 102,037 NO 5. Austin, Texas
(c-Royal Texas Memorial Stadium) 94,113 6. Los
(c-Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) 93,607 NO 7. Athens, Ga.
(c-Sanford Stadium) 92,746 8.
(c-Rose Bowl) 92,542 NO 9. Baton Rouge, La.
(c-Tiger Stadium) 92,400 NO 10. Tuscaloosa,
(c-Bryant-Denny Stadium) 92,138 11. Dallas, Texas
(Cotton Bowl) 92,200 12. Landover, Md.
(NFL-FedEx Field) 91,704 NO 13. Lincoln, Neb.
(c-Memorial Stadium) 91,067 PENDING 14. Gainesville, Fla.
(c-Ben Hill Griffin Stadium) 88,548 15. Tallahassee, Fla.
(c-Doak Campbell Stadium) 88,300 NO 16. Auburn,
(c-Jordan-Hare Stadium) 87,451 NO 17. College Station, Texas
(c-Kyle Field) 83,002 18. East
(*NFL-Meadowlands Stadium) 82,500 PENDING 19. Norman, Okla.
(c-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium) 82,112 NO 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) 75,662 29. Orchard Park, N.Y.
(NFL-Ralph Wilson Stadium)
75,339 NO 30. East Lansing, Mich.
(c-Spartan Stadium) 75,025 31. Miami Gardens, Fla.
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.
Municipal Stadium) 73,000 36. Green Bay, Wis.
(NFL-Lambeau Field) 72,515 37. Seattle, Wash.
Stadium) 72,500 38. New Orleans, La.
(NFL-Superdome) 72,003 39. Birmingham, Ala.
71,594 40. San Diego, Calif.
(NFL-Qualcomm Stadium) 71,294 41. Atlanta, Ga.
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 NO 53. Blacksburg, Va.
(c-Lane Stadium) 66,233 54. St. Louis, Mo.
(NFL-Edward Jones Dome) 66,000 55. Cincinnati, Ohio
(NFL-Paul Brown Stadium) 65,600 56. Tampa, Fla.
(NFL-Raymond James Stadium) 65,657 57. Detroit, Mich.
(NFL-Ford Field) 65,000 NO 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.
63,000 63. Indianapolis, Ind.
(NFL-Lucas Oil Stadium) 63,000 63. Glendale, Ariz.
Phoenix Stadium) 63,000 66. Champaign, Ill.
(c-Memorial Stadium) 62,872 67. New Haven, Conn.
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 OTHER
Las Vegas, Nev.
Salt Lake City, Utah (c-Rice-Eccles Stadium) 45,017