One Step Closer for Denver as Potential World Cup Host City!

NEW YORK (August 20 2009) – The USA Bid Committee today announced that Denver is one of the 27 United States cities that has passed the third stage of the city/stadium proposal review process and remain under consideration as potential host venues for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022.
These cities will continue working with the USA Bid Committee both on the development and promotion of their local and national campaigns.
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Officials representing a total of 38 US cities received the Requests for Proposal (RFP) and had from June 16 to July 29 to complete their proposals and return them to the USA Bid Committee. The RFPs requested information from city officials covering a vast array of subjects such as tourism climate security transportation training sites promotion soccer history and more.
"The USA Bid Committee is pleased to have received comprehensive responses from city officials and local organizing committees across the United States said Sunil Gulati the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer.
"The overwhelming interest and creativity shown by the candidate cities made our extensive review process that much more difficult in narrowing down the list."
The RFP process resulted in 11 cities being pulled from contention an important step in the United States’ application that is due to FIFA in May 2010. FIFA and its 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 completing a 21-month bid and review process.
The 27 remaining candidate cities offer a wide variety of markets that range in size from New York City to Jacksonville Fla. as well as vast coast-to-coast geographic strength. Numerous U.S. markets that did not play host to matches during FIFA World Cup in 1994 remain under consideration including Denver as well as Philadelphia Cleveland St. Louis Seattle and Phoenix.
The 11 cities removed during this round were: Birmingham Ala.; Cincinnati Ohio; Columbus Ohio; Fayetteville Ark.; Knoxville Tenn.; Las Vegas Nev.; Minneapolis Minn.; New Orleans La.; Pittsburgh Pa.; Salt Lake City Utah and San Antonio Tex.
In conjunction with the list of 27 cities announced by the USA Bid Committee a short list of 32 stadiums still under consideration was also announced today. The venues average almost 74000 in capacity and represent a wide spectrum of facilities featuring stadiums typically used for college and professional football including open-air domed and retractable roof venues. All 32 stadiums currently exist or are under construction with eight featuring capacities between 80000 and 108000 spectators.
A list of the finalist cities and stadiums all of which are vying to be included in the USA Bid Committee’s formal bid book to FIFA in May 2010 can be found at the end of this news release and at the bid’s official webpage
The current list of venues came as a result of a four-month process that began in April with representatives from 58 stadiums expressing interest in being considered for the USA’s bid. The USA Bid Committee was then able to cut the list to 45 stadiums in 38 cities in mid-June following the review of a detailed questionnaire completed by the candidate venues that incorporated the strict FIFA facility requirements into the evaluation process.
"We will be working closely with officials from all 27 cities stadiums and host committees over the next few months in our process of identifying the final list of cities that will be included in our bid book to FIFA in May 2010 said David Downs the Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee.
"The support of the individual cities and their capacity to promote the bid will be crucial to our efforts as we work to maintain the momentum created by the launch of our national campaign and our Web page last week. With the passion for the game being shown by our fans and the existing infrastructure in place in the U.S. we are confident we have assembled a list of candidate cities that will meet and exceed FIFA’s requirements for hosting World Cup matches."
FIFA’s criterion requires a candidate host nation to provide a minimum of 12 stadiums and a maximum of 18 capable of seating 40000 or more spectators. Stadiums with a minimum capacity of 80000 are required by FIFA for consideration to play host to the Opening Match and Final Match. The U.S. used stadiums in nine cities when it hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
The United States Australia England Indonesia Japan Mexico and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments while Qatar and South Korea have applied as candidates to play host only to the tournament in 2022.
27 remaining US proposed stadiums cities and metropolitan markets for further consideration:
Metro Market/City Stadium/Capacity
Atlanta/Georgia Dome/71250
Baltimore/M & T Bank Stadium/71008
Boston/Gillette Stadium/71693
Charlotte/Bank of America Stadium/73778
Chicago/Soldier Field/61000
Cleveland/Cleveland Browns Stadium/72000
Dallas/Cotton Bowl/89000
Dallas/Cowboys Stadium/100000
Denver/INVESCO Field/76125
Detroit/Ford Field/67188
Detroit/Michigan Stadium/108000
Houston/Reliant Stadium/71500
Indianapolis/Lucas Oil Stadium/64200
Jacksonville Fla./Jacksonville Municipal Stadium/82000
Kansas City/Arrowhead Stadium/77000
Los Angeles/Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum/93607
Los Angeles/Rose Bowl/92000+
Miami/Land Shark Stadium/75540
Nashville/LP Field/69143
New York/N.J./New Meadowlands Stadium/82000
Oakland/Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum/63026
Orlando/Florida Citrus Bowl/65616
Philadelphia/Lincoln Financial Field/67594
Phoenix/Glendale/University of Phoenix Stadium/71000
San Diego/Qualcomm Stadium/70500
San Francisco/Stanford Stadium/50500
Seattle/Qwest Field/67000
Seattle/Husky Stadium/72500
St. Louis/Edward Jones Dome/67268
Tampa/Raymond James Stadium/65856
Washington D.C./RFK Stadium/45600
Washington D.C./FedExField/91704
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The USA Bid Committee is a nonprofit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation. The Bid Committee will submit its comprehensive bid to FIFA by May 2010 with FIFA’s 24 member Executive Committee making a decision in December 2010. Members of the USA Bid Committee in alphabetical order include Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz former Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman (Asia) Carlos Cordeiro U.S. Men’s National Team player Landon Donovan Executive Director David Downs U.S. Soccer CEO and General Secretary Dan Flynn U.S. Soccer Foundation President Ed Foster-Simeon Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati U.S. Women’s National Team former player Mia Hamm former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger New England Revolution and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger University of Miami President Donna Shalala and Univision CEO Joe Uva. For more information visit