USA bid committee identifies 70 venues as potential World Cup sites

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The USA World Cup bid committee contacted 70 different venues across the United States as potential sites for the USA bids for World Cups 2018 and 2022.

Some familiar soccer-friendly venues, such as Soldier Field, Gillette Stadium and RFK Stadium, and some stadiums still being built, such as Cowboys Stadium and Meadowlands Stadium, were among the 70 sites contacted by the USA bid committee.

As you might expect, the list includes some intriguing markets, such as Fayetteville, Arkansas and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Basically, the list includes every major college football and NFL stadium in the country.

Here is the complete list of venues contacted by the USA bid committee:

Potential venues for USA World Cup 2018 or 2022

Metro Market

Stadium Location
Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta, Ga. Sanford Stadium Athens, Ga.
Austin, Texas Royal Texas Memorial Stadium Austin, Texas
Baltimore, Md. M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Md.
Baton Rouge, La. Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, La.
Birmingham, Ala. Legion Field Birmingham, Ala.
Birmingham, Ala. Bryant-Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Boston, Mass. Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Mass.
Buffalo, N.Y. Ralph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park, N.Y.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Kinnick Stadium Iowa City, Iowa
Champaign, Ill. Memorial Stadium Champaign, Ill.
Charlotte, N.C. Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Chicago, Ill. Soldier Field Chicago, Ill.
Cincinnati, Ohio Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Browns Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Columbia, Mo. Faurot Field Columbia, Mo.
Columbia, S.C. Williams-Brice Stadium Columbia, S.C.
Columbus, Ga. Jordan-Hare Stadium Auburn, Ala.
Columbus, Ohio  Ohio Stadium Columbus, Ohio
Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas Dallas Cowboys New Stadium Arlington, Texas
Denver, Colo. Invesco Field Denver, Colo.
Detroit, Mich. University of Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, Mich.
Detroit, Mich. Ford Field Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Mich. Spartan Stadium East Lansing, Mich.
Fayetteville, Ark. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Fayetteville, Ark.
Green Bay, Wis. Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wis.
Greenville, S.C. Memorial Stadium Clemson, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa. Beaver Stadium University Park, Pa.
Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas Rice Stadium Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas Kyle Field College Station, Texas
Indianapolis, Ind. Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Ind.
Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville, Fla. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gainesville, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo. Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo.
Knoxville, Tenn. Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tenn.
Lexington, Ky. Commonwealth Stadium Lexington, Ky.
Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif. Rose Bowl Pasadena, Calif.
Madison, Wis. Camp Randall Stadium Madison, Wis.
Miami, Fla. Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens, Fla.
Minneapolis, Minn. TCF Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minn.
Minneapolis, Minn. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis, Minn.
Nashville, Tenn. LP Field Nashville, Tenn.
New Haven, Conn. Yale Bowl New Haven, Conn.
New Orleans, La. Superdome New Orleans, La.
New York, N.Y. Meadowlands Stadium East Rutherford, N.J.
Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Norman, Okla.
Omaha, Neb. Memorial StadUium Lincoln, Neb.
Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando, Fla.
Philadelphia, Pa. Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pa.
Phoenix, Ariz. University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Ariz.
Phoenix, Ariz. Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, Ariz.
Pittsburgh, Pa. Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pa.
Roanoke, Va. Lane Stadium Blacksburg, Va.
Salt Lake City, Utah LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
San Antonio, Texas Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, Calif.
San Fran/Oakland, Calif. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Oakland, Calif.
San Fran/Oakland, Calif. Stanford Stadium Stanford, Calif.
San Fran/Oakland, Calif. California Memorial Stadium Berkeley, Calif.
Seattle, Wash. Qwest Field Seattle, Wash.
Seattle, Wash. Husky Stadium Seattle, Wash.
South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame, Ind.
St. Louis, Mo. Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, Mo.
Tallahassee, Fla. Doak Campbell Stadium Tallahassee, Fla.
Tampa, Fla. Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla.
Washington, D.C. RFK Memorial Stadium Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. FedEx Field Landover, Md.

The U.S. bid committee has set an April 17th deadline for the officials from the 70 venues to express interest in joining the bids.

The FIFA deadline for nations to submit World Cup bids is May, 2010. With Europe looking like a safe bet to be awarded World Cup 2018, the United States appears a more realistic option in 2022.

What do you think of this list? Any venues that surprised you? Any venues missing that you think should be on the list? Where would you play the World Cup if you could pick the venues?

Share your thoughts below.

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120 Responses to USA bid committee identifies 70 venues as potential World Cup sites

  1. hokieunited says:

    We should do it at Lane Stadium!

    Its interesting that they chose our stadium down here. I wonder if they have ever seen it before. The field is really narrow, and we don’t really have the infrastructure to host such an event.

    But its a true honor!

  2. DC Josh says:

    That’s basically every major stadium in the country. No surprises. I don’t like to think that far ahead in life considering how much older I will be.

    I hope to make it to a European based World Cup before it makes its way back to the U.S.

    I vote Peter Novak for head coach by the time we host the World Cup. If he isn’t Bradley’s successor we have no hope of advancing past the Quarterfinals.

  3. Bobby says:

    how many spots get to have the world cup out of the 70?

  4. kpugs says:

    No Red Bull Arena? I also forgot that when it comes to FIFA I live in “New York, NY.”

  5. hokieunited says:

    Maybe if we win the bid, we can build a stadium somewhere in the nation that is a SSS, that can hold 45,000 – 55,000.

    Just so we can have one of our own?

    And Bobby, there might be ten or so picked.

  6. Adam says:

    Crossing my fingers for Columbia, MO! Why did they list so many stadiums that are obviously not feasible options?

  7. Dannyc58 says:

    Surprised Rutgers Football stadium not mentioned.

  8. Matt says:

    What do you think…Ireland playing at Notre Dame stadium? How awesome would that be!

  9. matt C says:

    FIFA’s going to make serious cash on this one.

  10. Kevin says:

    Beaver Stadium is in State College, PA not Harrisburg. Harrisburg is the capital, State College is the city where Penn State is.

  11. Jenny says:

    Beaver Stadium would be interesting with it’s 107,000 or so capacity

  12. Joey says:

    Any stadium with pitch size that is not 105 by 68 meters (115 by 74 yards)will not make the final list.

  13. hokieunited says:

    Kevin, the city listed on the left is the closest major market that the stadium is located near (or in).

    So while Beaver Stadium is in State College, the USSF recognized Harrisburg as the nearest major market.

    (Such as Roanoke being listed for Lane Stadium — despite being about forty miles away).

  14. Ted says:

    Yup… that’s pretty much all of them.

    As far as Oklahoma goes, OU’s stadium really is the only choice (and it’s only on the list so the can have a stadium in Oklahoma as an “option”).

    Boone Picken’s Stadium (Oklahoma State) at 60,000 is probably too small, not to mention it is about 1 1/2 hours from both major metro areas (Tulsa and OKC).

    Tulsa’s stadium is small and a piece of crap.

    Oh well, at least they put Oklahoma on there for kicks. I already know the closest game will be in Dallas, but it’s nice for them to tease us.

  15. Ryan says:

    God help some other country if LSU fans show up to root for USA. And we thought playing in Central America was bad.

  16. CrispyST3 says:

    HAHA, why whats wrong with LSU fans???

  17. Tommy says:



  18. Jason says:

    Where do I start?

    War Eagle!

  19. Stevie J says:

    hokieunited I flipped when I saw Lane had been nominated! I love watching the Hokies there and it would be amazing to see a World Cup match there. And I do think Blacksburg could handle it. I mean gameday is always crazy, but the area deals with it pretty well.

  20. srfinger says:

    Williams-Brice please.

  21. michael says:

    I think its just a way to flex our stadium muscle. The smaller markets won’t make it, but its worth noting that they are there and usually far better than some of these other hellholes in other countries. Don’t get your hopes up Blacksburg, Columbus, and New Haven.

    Expect the new Meadowlands, Texas Stadium, Ford Field, Qwest, Invesco, FedEx, and some of the other new and impressive stadiums (LA sorely needs one) to really show FIFA why it should be here. I would think we will get the 2022 WC and quite a few more should pop up by then. The last one here is still the highest grossing World Cup, and our next one will top it.

  22. jin says:

    What about a World Cup game in HAWAII!!!

    Aloha Stadium is missing…

  23. kc says:

    that is a list of every stadium in America that seats 60, 000 +. Thats the extent of the list. period..

  24. hokieunited says:

    Stevie J,

    Blacksburg can handle gamedays, but only under certain conditions! Of the 67,000 for gamedays, at least 25,000 already has housing for a football game. Plenty of others live close enough, or stay in campers and such.

    If you had 67,000 for a World Cup, most would be looking to get a hotel, and you know that hotels sell out quickly around here. They would basically need hotels for 60,000 I would guess, something which they don’t really have (ever tried to book a place for graduation? Its nearly impossible, unless you do it six months in advance — and that number is not close to 60,000).

    Even though I think I will have graduated from here by then (hopefully), it is still pretty exciting.

  25. Oranje Mike says:

    How many of these stadiums are up to FIFA standards? I’d love to catch a WC game at The Big House (106,000) but I doubt FIFA would would want a game held there. Doesn’t FIFA require stadia to have standard seats as opposed to benches?

  26. Rakesh says:

    They should just pick the biggest stadiums possible. Rose Bowl, Michigan Stadium, Ohio Stadium, Beaver Stadium, and Lane should be the first few stadiums picked. Those places allow for good transportation capabilities as well as 100,000 people per stadium. It would allow more people to come and more money to come into the economy.

  27. David says:

    What wrong with LSU? I am a Tigers that love football and I watch every match that I could. Tiger Stadium is a great venue. There are a lot of people here that love football. I tried to convert all of my friends into playing and watching the world game all the time. The capacity is 92,000+ and sound bounce of walls, making it a very loud place. I would love for the WC to be held at Tiger Stadium, but I know that is not feasible. Baton Rouge is not a major metropolitan.

  28. Caldwell says:

    What? No Smurf Turf in Boise?

  29. Hopper says:

    Obviously many of these venues should never host a World Cup match, and most likely are being seriously considered.

    I’m from Buffalo, and the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium is way too narrow for soccer. I went to the University of Kentucky, and Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington would have the same problem, not to mention the fact that both Buffalo and Lexington are both soccer wastelands.

    I think US Soccer is merely trying to make an impression with the sheer number of stadiums we have here in the USA, even though maybe about half of them could be considered ideal for a World Cup match.

    And I guess releasing this list gives some the opportunity to dream a little.

  30. Hopper says:

    And I meant:

    ” … and most likely are NOT being seriously considered.”


  31. mike says:

    Funny enough, I was born in LA, raised in VA, and now live in PA. I have news for you people who think college towns are going to host this. No Europeans/tourists are going to these backwoods towns. If you can’t fly in and have reasonable transit around the area, you have no chance of hosting anything besides your student body and a few townies at the local bar. Places like VT, LSU and PSU are great for a tailgating and catching some college football, but they couldn’t handle traffic, lodging, and the other amenities you can get else where. It’s almost laughable to think of people taking 100 flights to get into Baton Rouge, LA, Roanoke, VA or Harrisburg, PA.

    Ef that noise. There are big cities that won’t even host games with better logistics. A little realism on this one please.

  32. David says:

    i also forgot that it is crazy to play a day game here in baton rouge during june-july. you be grasping for air running in 90+ degree of heat not including humidity. We have a great hospitality toward everyone, and it just seems weird to people from the north. don’t mean to generalize, but it just something a classmate of mine told me. When he first moved down here. He is from Philly and he said it was weird that people he doesn’t know talk to him. He told me it not like that up north. We are passionate about american football because that is culture here. you will always have homer regardless of where you go.

  33. David says:

    mike i agree with you 100%

  34. rikki tikki tavi says:

    If it happens, and I think there is a good chance it will, I think these are as close to locks for venues as possible:

    Boston/Gillette Stadium
    DC/FedEx Field
    Dallas/New Cowboys Stadium
    LA/Rose Bowl
    Chicago/Soldier Field
    Detroit/Ford Field
    Phoenix/U of Phoenix Stadium

    In 1994 there were 9 venues, so there is room for another. As great as it would be to have games in huge college stadiums like Beaver Stadium and the University of Michigan stadium, they will put games in the latest and greatest venues to make $ (ford field and U of Phoenix), and they also won’t do the college stadiums ’cause they don’t want to send all kinds of tourists to the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and whatnot. It’s a shame, but follow the $. Of course, I would like nothing more than to see a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo (or wherever the Bills are playing in ’18 or ’22, if they’re still in Buffalo), but that won’t happen because it’s too small of a city, and the world cup is a chance to showcase the best (biggest) of the US, besides the soccer.

    The orange bowl in orlando was a venue in ’94 as well, so that’s a possible repeat as well, since I don’t know of any fancy new stadiums in that part of the country.

  35. cam says:

    hahahaha yes! they announced doak but not the swamp!!! GO NOLES!!!

    it will never happen, not in a million years, but the thought of a world cup game at doak campbell is awesome!

  36. Linky says:

    In the end you are going to have many of the usual suspects — new Dallas, new Meadowlands, Gillete in Boston, Soldier Field, etc. But I hope they are true to this list and go with a couple out of the box ideas, like Notre Dame and Michigan. True, maybe the fields are not wide enough, but I wouldn’t discount anything. Remember, the USA introduced domed stadiums to World Cup in 1994. Don’t discount technology and imagination.

  37. J.T. says:

    Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo – DO IT. :)

  38. Rob says:

    A US Home World Cup Game set at The Big House in Michigan? Over 100,000 Fans?

    Please please please I would fly from wherever I am in 2022…

  39. duck1318 says:

    A few years back I attended an exhibition match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma at Heinz Field and it was pretty sweet. The turn out for that was pretty good. That could be a descent venue for a World Cup. A nice backdrop too. The river and the mountains on one side and the city on the other. Plus, Permanti Bros. You can’t go wrong.

  40. Murphy says:

    yale bowl! ha!

  41. steve says:

    im guessing the number of venues will be 12 or 14 (i believe 14 is the # that brazil is using for 2014), lets not base it off what we had in 94. heres my guess: new york, los angeles, chicago, dallas, miami, seattle, boston, st louis, denver, philly, dc, phoenix…if theres 14, add san fran and detroit. i would love to have a college stadium as one of the venues, but lets face it, thats not gonna happen. now i do believe we should use those for friendlies or qualifiers: imagine playing costa rica or whoever in baton rouge or norman with 80,000 pro usa fans there. you cant tell me college football fans wont show up for the beer, tailgating, and a chance to cheer for the usa.

  42. Ed says:

    Jordan-Hare please (since I go to school here).

  43. kanu says:


    excellent list. i would agree with all of your locks except for detroit/ford field. definitely in the mix, but not in the same tier as the other 7.

    i would say the second tier, along with detroit would be seattle/qwest (they’re showing this year that they’re a great soccer town and it would add some west coast balance), charlotte/bank of america, nashville/LP (everyone raved about the pitch, few good venues in the south), tampa/raymond james, and denver/invesco.

    houston/reliant and philadelphia/lincoln would be great venues, but they’re too close geographically to “locks.”

    the initial proposal has to include at least 12 venues, but the final product would have 9-10.

  44. Wade says:

    I think this is more of a list to show FIFA that no one else on the planet comes close to matching our stadia.

    The list could also help identify potential training sites for teams. Universities could be key here since most have stadiums with attached training/conditioning facilities.

  45. shawn says:

    Why would you want to hold a game in the giant hole in the ground that is the Big House. That stadium does absolutely nothing to hold sound in and it looks like crap. Plus Michigan sucks. OHIO Stadium on the other hand is an amazing cathedral. From the stained glass main entrance, to scenic river around the stadium, and the seats that just rise basically straight up that makes it so damn loud. It’s easily one of the best venues in the country.

  46. kebzach says:

    I don’t see Detroit hosting again. But, with 6 non-retractable domes on the list (including Detroit), odds are that 1 of those 6 is a host site.

    My guess: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA.

  47. kebzach says:

    The orange bowl in orlando was a venue in ’94 as well, so that’s a possible repeat as well, since I don’t know of any fancy new stadiums in that part of the country.

    Posted by: rikki tikki tavi


    Citrus Bowl was a 1994 host in Orlando. Orange Bowl is now torn down and was in downtown Miami.

  48. M says:

    Why the hell would you want thousands of European tourists to visit Blacksburg, VA?

    As if their opinion of America could get any worse.

  49. hokieunited says:

    M sounds like some one from a couple of hours up north.

    We do have paved roads now a days, its okay.

  50. garenc says:


  51. Shane says:

    M—You’re right, so I do want them to come to Bryant-Denny in Tuscaloosa so they can see what a real stadium actually looks like.

  52. Friends of AR3 says:


    Good list. I have to add…

    Houston will beat out Dallas this time around to host. Dallas had 1994, Houston will have the next — guaranteed. Houston has all the right tools (metrorail, hotel capacity, and population). Dallas has all those too, along with the the unfortunate hospitality of already hosting the World Cup. I think Houston’s bid will be better than Dallas’, and I think Texans will find it fair that Houston will host this time around. Either way though — Houston/Dallas — I’m there. And if the USA plays in Boston, Philly, New York, Chicago, or LA — I’m there too!

  53. M says:

    Any rural area is just stupid logistically. If you are a tourist from a foreign country spending thousands of dollars to come to the U.S., you want to see sites, local culture, cuisine, etc.

    Chicago, Seattle, DC would all be cool cities. What are people going to do in State College or Blacksburg. I’m sure they’re wonderful places to attend college but nobody pays thousands of dollars and travel half way across the world to see them.

  54. kebzach says:

    And, just to confirm and because I am dumb like that…yes, every single stadium in the USA that is 70K or more in capacity is on the US Soccer listing…with the only exception being the Pontiac Silverdome, which holds more than 70K but is closed.

  55. Freddie says:

    no stanford? It’s a brand new stadium!

  56. sucram89 says:

    Hopefully the Georgia Dome in ATL gets it. They’d have to place the turf though but it would be a great atmosphere because it can hold in sound.

  57. Justin says:

    Even Sven said Columbus was like a third-world country…and that was from the coach of the Mexican national team, so you can rule out that crappy city. It would be so tight to have it at Michigan stadium. Could you imagine 113,000?!

  58. Rory says:

    Hahaha Faurot Field, Columbia MO! As much as I would like to see a WC match at my alma mater, there is no way this should ever be on the list.

  59. Steve says:

    Seeing a WC game at Jordan-Hare would be just plain awesome, but it definitely won’t happen.

  60. Husky Stadium would suck though.

  61. Chris W says:

    If there is a Soccer God, they will come to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. We don’t get any soccer, we need something.


  62. jayr5 says:

    Indy is an intriguing choice, not only because it’s my home state, but because it’s a fantastic facility, and the infrastructure is perfectly suited for sporting events of this type (Indy’s hosted plenty of NCAA tournament games, a few Final Fours (one every five years) and the Super Bowl is coming soon.) And though it’s not exactly a soccer hotbed, it is centrally located, and could serve in a pod with Chicago, Detroit, and Nashville, if they wanted to set up that sort of system.

  63. Tom Kazansky says:

    My guess at the realistic list

    New Meadowlands

    Gillette Stadium

    Fed Ex/M&T Bank (split games that one would normally get)

    Lincoln Financial

    Heinz?? (pipe dream for a Pittsburgher, but more realistic than Indy or Nashville)

    Bank of America

    Georgia Dome

    Raymond James

    Reliant Stadium

    New Cowboys Stadium

    University of Phoenix Stadium

    Rose Bowl

    Stanford Stadium

    QWest Field

    Invesco Field

    Edward Jones Dome

    Arrowhead Stadium


    Soldier Field

    Ford Field

    All are in big markets and are relatively new or are the best option in a large city (Stanford, Rose Bowl,

    I don’t know which ones have too small a potential playing surface and some places may get a new place built (ie Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles).

    Tried to evenly distribute the games throughout the country evenly. Only metro areas in top 20 excluded are Miami, Riverside (surprising, huh?), and San Diego. San Diego and Riverside are both within range of LA and Miami is too hot, doesn’t have a good stadium and is a horrendous sports city.

  64. Joey L. says:

    We need to get the best parts of all the major American regions involved. Groups could be hosted in Chicago, NY, Boston, LA, etc. It’s certainly different than the European style due to the huge size difference, but attendance could be massive, even more so than ’94. Very exciting stuff.

  65. Kevin says:

    2018 – Jozy and Freddy – 29 years old and physically peaking, leading the MNT to their first world cup

    or possibly 2022 – Jozy and Freddy – 33 and mentoring the next generation of US Stars en route to a US World Cup victory in front of the home crowd

    A guy can dream, can’t he?

  66. thomas says:

    As far as baton rouge goes, I’m an lsu student so I’m obviously biased but I could guarantee should the usmnt play a game at tiger stadium plently of us, soccer fans or not, would show up for the opportunity to tailgait and get wasted and cheer for the usa. I see atleast 4 or 5 soccer jerseys just walking around campus everyday so I know there would be a bunch of us bringing out our friends too. Does anyone know if there’s ever been a major soccer match played in LA at either tiger stadium or the louisiana superdome?

  67. kevin says:

    while I’d personally love to see a game at Michigan Stadium, seeing as I go to U of M, I really think that they should choose the biggest and most famous US cities so that people who fly all the way here from around the world get to see them. They should definitely do DC, Chicago, Boston, LA, Seattle, etc, although I guess I wouldn’t mind them substituting Ann Arbor for Detroit. But having it at Penn State or Oklahoma or Ohio State or Wisconsin or ND’s stadium would be ridiculous, those places are not at all in places where people from around the world want to go see.

    But it’s good that they are considering all options.

  68. Little Meow says:

    Any retractable roof stadium should be used. The 94 World Cup was played in miserable sweltering heat, during the day of course, so Europe can have the matches in prime time. It’ll probably be the same next time around.

    My picks:


    Seattle (Qwest)
    Los Angeles (remodeled Coleseum) or City of Industry (new NFL stadium)
    Phoenix/Glendale (Univ. Phoenix)
    Houston (Reliant)
    Dallas/Arlington (JerryWorld)
    Denver (Invesco) or Bay Area (new 49ers stadium)

    Nashville (LP Field)
    Indianapolis (Lucas Oil)
    New York/E.Rutherford (New Meadowlands)
    Washington DC (new Redskins stadium)or Landover (FedEx Field)
    Chicago (Soldier Field)
    Philadelphia (Lincoln) or Foxboro (Gilette)

  69. rikki tikki tavi says:

    kanu – I think ford field is a pretty good bet, ’cause even though it’s a dome, the old silverdome in detroit held games in ’94, and ford field it’s fancy successor and has already held huge events (superbowl, final four, 80K+ for wrestlemania, and ncaa frozen four hockey finals in the future), with that kind of versatility (football, basketball, wrestling, hockey) for high profile events, the World Cup is only logically next. Calling it a “lock” might be overstating it though.

    And Friends of AR3 – no way Houston over Dallas. With the New Cowboys stadium, in a region with a higher population, Dallas it is. Plus, the stadium itself will have a higher capacity, and it is supposed to be tailor-made for special events. And Jerry Jones would never let an event as big as the World Cup go by without having a game in his stadium, it would be too big of a blow to his ego. If it weren’t for the heat, I would even guess Dallas would be a safe bet to host the final. Either there or probably the New Giants Stadium would have a better shot considering weather, capacity, and the appeal of having the final in NYC, the greatest city in the world.

    Also, good call to everyone who pointed out Qwest & Seattle as a probable choice.

  70. rikki tikki tavi says:

    And of course there are probably plenty of new stadiums that could be built in the next 13 years, especially if we got this bid or an Olympics between now and then

  71. Dominghosa says:

    12 venues will be chosen.
    there’s no way a stadium that seats under 65,000 will be chosen.

  72. Ross says:

    I’ve always wanted to see a US soccer game hosted at Kyle Field. There are probably too many better options around with Reliant and the new Cowboys stadium, but I think it’s a good middle-ground stadium between Houston and Dallas with Austin, Waco, and San Antonio within driving distance as well. It would be well attended by the 40,000+ students(they’ve gotten some of the highest attendances for women’s college soccer) and Kyle Field itself can be an intimidating structure.

  73. Ryan says:

    After taking out all the college stadiums that are just pipe dreams, and other unsuitables, there are still between 25-30 legit candidates

  74. jmadsen says:

    Hoot! On ‘Sconsin!

    Seriously, I remember reading a UK story about the last world cup in the US; when the US bid committee brought out it’s list of 70+ venues, the Euro’s jaws just dropped. It was, for many of them, the first real feel for just how big the country is, that we had that many already built stadiums capable of holding such large events.

  75. Brian says:

    Everyone keeps saying “Gillette Staidum IN Boston” so I will correct you because I am that guy:

    Gillette Stadium is 40 miles away from Boston, in Foxboro. If you wanted to make it part of a certain metro area (which it is not at all), it would actually fall in with Providence, RI, because it is much closer to that than Boston.

    Just some info from a New Englander! 😉

  76. Arthur Spooner says:

    Happy Valley and the Big House need to be picked… they will become our new fortresses

  77. soonervol2 says:

    I wonder if the committee considered Bristol Motor Speedway (160k fans)

    http://www.bristolmotorspeedway. co…nterior_lg.jpg

    Take that Rungrado May Day Stadium

  78. Champaign represent! Memorial Stadium baby!

  79. The Gentleman Masher says:

    Garenc – only if the yell leaders and 12th man show up for the US!!!

    Seriously – I would expect, if we got it, a Southern city would get one of the slots. After visiting Nashville, I’d give it the edge. Great venue, used to handling tourists, plenty of parking, etc. Not only that, easily driveable from Indy, Cincy, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, etc.

    I’d love for it to be in Atlanta, but I’ll withhold my homerism until I see how well the GA Dome converts to a soccer venue.

    Other than Nashvegas…Charlotte would be a great choice as well.

  80. Haig says:

    Main problem with Nashville is the poor mass transit. The stadium may be downtown, and is surrounded by hotels and restaurants, but international tourists will require efficient transportation from the airport to downtown, and Nashville has only a mediocre city bus system and one commuter rail line that goes nowhere near the airport.

    Plus there hasn’t been intercity rail service to Nashville since the cutbacks in the 1970s. If FIFA were to use a pod system, Nashville is isolated.

    It’s a shame, because it would be a first tier choice otherwise.

  81. GW14 says:

    I’d say:

    Boston, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa. And #12 is a toss up between Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.

    All of these stadiums (minus LA) have been built about 10 years ago or less.

  82. GW14 says:

    But, Little Meow’s picks are pretty spot on too…

  83. Kanu says:

    Soldier field in Chicago only seats 61,500 and I think it’s safe to call it a lock.

  84. cowtown says:

    hahahaha yes! they announced doak but not the swamp!!! GO NOLES!!!

    it will never happen, not in a million years, but the thought of a world cup game at doak campbell is awesome!

    Posted by: cam | April 08, 2009 at 10:47 PM


    Ben Hill Griffin is clearly on the list. Typical FSU (lack of) education.

    Go GATORS!

  85. Fred Smilek says:

    I would def. attend any games in north west

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  86. me says:

    y isn’t there any red bull arena

  87. Aljarov says:

    Hilarious – you have UK’s Commonwealth Stadium. WC to kentucky, ha ha haha.

    I should be so lucky.

  88. Mike says:

    Anyone else think it’s retarded to play a World Cup match in a dome? Ford Field should not be in play. Soccer is an outdoor game, period.

  89. I say they keep the venues close together.




    No domes.

    I think Florida is too hot and Dallas is too hot. Football is not meant to be played in 90 weather.

  90. G says:

    I hate the idea of only doing major metro markets. If the US gets to host it, it should be the world cup for the whole country, not just the markets with the biggest TV draw. There are some amazing stadiums on this list and I’d love for the committee to break the groups up into geographic pods to cut down on travel. In each pod you can cover some major markets, and some of the smaller markets that still have nice stadiums.

    Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
    Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
    FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
    Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.

    Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
    Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Ind.
    Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Memorial Staduium, Lincoln, Neb.

    Dallas Cowboys New Stadium, Arlington, Texas
    LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
    Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
    Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.

    California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
    Qwest Field, Seattle, Wash.
    LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah

    West / South Semis
    Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

    Mid-west / East Semis
    Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

    Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.

  91. jrnail23 says:

    I’m an LSU grad (and Louisiana born and bred), and I would LOVE to see world cup games in Tiger Stadium… unfortunately, I don’t think the pitch would be wide enough. I think the sideline/bench areas are not natural grass… they might be able to pull it off if they put a layer of grass over everything.
    But yeah, I doubt you’d see Baton Rouge as a World Cup venue.

  92. Josh says:

    It is amazing how from a stadium standpoint the US is on another planet compared to any other country.

    The FIFA requirements are 12 stadiums over 40k with one over 80k for opening match and final. I believe about 20 of the stadiums on the list are over 80k. If the stadiums were picked on size alone a US hosted WC could probably come close to the combined attendance of the last two world cups.

  93. Tomd says:

    One of the biggest challenges I see for the WC is the heat and humidity. I felt it had a profound effect on the quality of play as the WC ’94 tournament progressed. Italy and Brazil looked like two very weary teams when they played a torturous 0-0 final. Ireland played Mexico in Orlando at noon! People who live there do not even go out at noon in Orlando to do physical activity. Some of the newer stadiums will inevitably have cooling systems (like they use at the baseball stadium in Phoenix.) Since WC games need to start at midday here to fill valuable TV time slots in Europe, we will have to acknowledge that heat will be a potential factor. If we can have games played out West, the PNW, and North plus in the Southern areas with cooled stadiums, then the heat and humidity can be minimized as an effect.

  94. cam says:

    ahhh, they said jacksonville.

    now imagining the beautiful game being played in that atrocious orange and blue lego set makes me wanna vomit.

    so do all the fools who are making their list and not including dolphin stadium… we aren’t talking about an expansion team here. no way they skip miami.

  95. David Raether says:

    No Home Depot Center?!?!

    Lavell Edwards instead of Rio Tinto in SLC?

    Come on guys, wake up!!!

  96. Mingjai says:

    Rio Tinto in SLC only seats 20,000. RSL’s former digs at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the U of U campus only seats 45,000. LaVell Edwards on BYU campus seats 65,000. There’s no comparison.

    As BYU alum, it would be nice to see LaVell Edwards Stadium be a World Cup venue. It is natural grass, seats 65,000, and has some beautiful sight lines of the field and the mountains. I’m not sure if the playing surface is big enough for a World Cup pitch–it would be close.

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    But unfortunately, I believe that once the committee realizes that the stadium won’t make exceptions to the no-alcohol policy, it won’t be a difficult decision to exclude the stadium.

  97. A.S. says:

    Geez, this is 13 years away (most likely). Some of these stadiums may not even exist then, and there may be others that aren’t even contemplated now. When does have to be decided for a 2022 WC – 2015? 2017? This seems awfully premature.

    As to the stadiums in LA, neither the Rose Bowl nor the Coliseum are up to par any more. They may be renovated/replaced by then (I would assume they will be), but that’s something that needs to be considered.

  98. Paul says:

    shawn, a michigan grad designed tosu’s stadium, he made it look like a giant toilet bowl.. Michigan stadium would suck for soccer, Ford Field FTW

  99. kanu says:

    Both 2018 and 2022 will be decided by June 2011. I’m sure there will be room to include the newest stadiums that haven’t been built or even planned yet, but the proposal needs to be pretty current.
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    Cam, Miami is far from ideal. In addition to the heat, which has been discussed in this thread plenty, Miami has frequent afternoon thunderstorms during the summer (which is why the marlins want a retractable roof stadium), and Dolphins Stadium is a 30+ minute drive from downtown with no viable public transportation. The stadium itself is a great place to watch a soccer game, and it got an upgrade in 2006, but there are still plenty of reasons it was passed over in favor of orlando in 1994.

  100. ThaDeuce says:

    ALL OF THEM IN Birmingham, Memphis, Jackson, MS, and Nashville. 😉

    yeah right…
    I can dream though

  101. Chase says:

    If there was ever game at Kinnick Stadium (70,000+) in Iowa City, I would spend any amount of money to be there, regardless of who was playing…it would be amazing. The crowd is right on top of the field and the entire stadium (including state of the art luxury boxes) was remodeled just three years ago.

    That said, I am sure there is about a .00000000000008% chance of that happening. Its nice to dream though and also to revel in the unbelievable stadium infrastructure that our country possesses…

  102. frank says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two of the stadiums chosen are college football venues..for the reason stated that the WC is a great way to expose people to the entire country…

  103. Joe Cody says:

    As much as I would love for St. Louis to host a venue, the only viable field is the Edge, and lets be serious, as much as I loved watching the Steamers play growing up, indoor soccer is just depressing. There is something about being outside that makes World Cup soccer great. Or any game for that matter.

  104. dave says:

    The orange bowl in orlando was a venue in ’94 as well, so that’s a possible repeat as well, since I don’t know of any fancy new stadiums in that part of the country.

    Posted by: rikki tikki tavi


    Citrus Bowl was a 1994 host in Orlando. Orange Bowl is now torn down and was in downtown Miami.

    Posted by: kebzach

    Citrus Bowl is by far the oldest and least suitable. There are three “fancy new stadiums in that part of the country” that someone obviously does not know about: Dolphin Stadium in Miami, about two decades old but still perfectly modern and suitable and will probably be modernized/upgraded before 2022; Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, slightly more than a decade old and still quite modern; Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, about a decade old, still quite modern.

    The Citrus Bowl is a dump; it may be renovated before 2022 but I don’t see that putting Orlando in the lead. Jacksonville is just not the best city in Florida to put World Cup games in. I’d say Tampa or Miami would be the best choices.

  105. Eric says:

    Death Valley! Tiger Stadium (LSU) would be an amazing venue for the WC.

  106. dave says:

    Cam, Miami is far from ideal. In addition to the heat, which has been discussed in this thread plenty, Miami has frequent afternoon thunderstorms during the summer (which is why the marlins want a retractable roof stadium), and Dolphins Stadium is a 30+ minute drive from downtown with no viable public transportation. The stadium itself is a great place to watch a soccer game, and it got an upgrade in 2006, but there are still plenty of reasons it w

    as passed over in favor of orlando in 1994.

    Posted by: kanu

    This doesn’t apply to Tampa, whose stadium is downtown right next to the airport. Miami didn’t lose out to Orlando in 1994; Tampa did. Orlando’s stadium situation is now much worse, and Tampa’s much better, than it was in 1994.

    And you can forget the “it’s too hot” line of argument; there is no way they will not have World Cup matches in Florida. Demographics alone dictate that they are going to have a Florida host city.

  107. ThaDeuce says:

    The Next Six World Cup Host Destinations
    2010: South Africa
    2014: Brazil
    2018: Portugal/Spain
    2022: U.S.A.
    2026: Australia
    2030: England

    2034: Egypt?
    2036: South America?
    2040: Netherlands/Belgium

  108. dave says:

    no stanford? It’s a brand new stadium!

    Posted by: Freddie

    Stanford isn’t brand new; it’s an old university stadium that was recently modernized. Unfortunately the modernization greatly reduced seating capacity, so it’s no longer suitable for World Cup finals. At least not in the USA where you have so many other larger stadiums available.

  109. joel says:

    It is great to have games in Florida, but I can imagine the heat will affect certain teams.

  110. brian says:

    “As to the stadiums in LA, neither the Rose Bowl nor the Coliseum are up to par any more. They may be renovated/replaced by then (I would assume they will be), but that’s something that needs to be considered.”

    the rose bowl isnt gonna anywhere it will still be there in 100 years

    and it would be a disgrace to have a game in tampa with that pirate ship connected to the stadium

  111. thomas says:

    I agree with what has been said: this is just a list to intimidate the competition, but there’s no way the USSF expects foreigners to travel to Arkansas or Nebraska, plus these kinda stadiums are not near today’s WC standard (look up the Germany 2006 venues!).
    Also, this time there will DEFINITELY be more than 9 venues (because the WC expanded since 94).
    My guess: Seattle, SF Bay, LA, Phoenix (?), Denver, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Detroit (?), Miami, Atlanta (?), DC, NY, Boston
    Outside chances: Philly, Tampa, San Diego, New Orleans

  112. Andy says:

    These look like the most realistic venues and locks:

    Seattle (Qwest Field) – Built with soccer in mind. Turnout for Sounders games thus far shows what a hotbed the city is. Just imagine the support for a WC game.

    Phoenix (U of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale) – The stadium was built in hopes of hosting WC matches. Retractable roof and field. Facility is second to none. Trust me I know. I was at the USA vs. Mexico match in ’07.

    Dallas (New Cowboys Stadium) – Jerry has already said he would welcome the opportunity for this place to host. This will seat around 80,000 with the ability to expand to 100,000 for special events. WC Final anyone?

    Houston (Reliant Stadium) – Retractable roof and proven track record of hosting soccer matches which include 2 USA vs. Mexico friendlies, CONCACAF Gold Cup matches and international club matches.

    Chicago (Soldier Field) – Impressive soccer resume. Hosted in ’94. Has hosted numerous friendlies and Gold Cup matches and hosting it’s first USMNT qualifier this summer. Don’t forget the stadium has been renovated.

    New York – (New Meadowlands Stadium)

    Philly (Lincoln Financial Field)

    New England ( Gillette Stadium)

    Nashville (LP Field) – Hosted a USMNT 06 sendoff match, Olympic qualifiers and USMNT WCQ. U.S. Soccer has grown to like this place.

    Los Angeles – Renovated Coliseum, Rose Bowl or new NFL stadium (City of Industry)

    San Francisco – New 49ers stadium or renovated Oakland coliseum. Stanford’s capacity has been reduced since ’94.

    Denver (Mile High Stadium) – Hey, WC matches were played in the smoggy, thin air of Azteca then why not Mile High?

    Also to be considered:

    Cleveland Browns Stadium

    Indy – Lucas Oil Field

    KC – Arrowhead Stadium

    StL – Edward Jones Dome

    Detroit – Ford Field

    Charlotte – B of A Stadium

    Miami – Dolphin Stadium

  113. mcadaal says:

    Yes! Fayetteville, AR! Great stadium and the people would be really proud to hold a Wold Cup match here!

  114. Richard says:

    Final – NY
    Semis – Dallas | LA
    Qtrs – Chicago | DC | Seattle | Phoenix
    16s – ‘Boston’ | Philly | Houston | Northern California Stadium | Florida Stadium | Denver | Detroit | KC

    15 stadiums right there… Close runner up would be a stadium in the SE region (Atlanta, Louisiana, Nashville, N Carolina)

  115. Kyle says:

    I think Arizona is by the far the best stadium in the country right now. Nothing really compares in my opinion.

  116. Curtis says:


    San Diego









    That would be my final 9. I think this allows the stadiums to be spread out around the country.

  117. Peter Bering says:

    The FIFA and the US committed a couple of major error as to WC 1994. While a WC in Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Japan etc means reasonable distances between venues and a great atmosphere, a WC spread out over 4time-zones and 3-4000miles made for none of that.

    Thus, the US should have a new WC, but only if it is limited to a region: The East (from Virginia to New England), California, Florida, Texas&3surrounding states or Chicago&radius of 500 miles etc.

    The other major error in 1994 was to stage games in the middle of the summer daytime sun in order to please European viewers. This wrecked and influenced games and was completely irresponsible. US latitudes being like Southern Europe and North Africa made this just crazy.

    WC games should always be played at the optimal times for the country where they are played and nowhere else. Other time zones must always adjust. Who has to adjust will vary from WC to WC. If FIFA is not willing to do this, the WC must be moved permanently to Europe.

  118. Leonardo says:

    I can speak for the West Coast venues:
    #1 NorthWest: QWEST field. great acoustics, great seats from all angles. intense community. business sponsors abound.
    #2 NorCal: Stanford stadium. simply cuz they’ve done it before, and it seats tons of peeps. brings out the NorCal community – lot of Brazilians + Portuguese up in the bay
    #3 SoCal: Home Depot Center – a real soccer stadium with great seats for 27,000. not all gigantic and distant seats like the Rose Bowl.

  119. Leonardo says:

    ***Any reason why THE HOME DEPOT CENTER in Carson, Cali is not listed???

  120. Matt C says:

    Lavell Edwards stadium is a complete dump. Rice Eccles would be a much better choice in Utah but its not on the list. Of course neiter one is likely to get a game. I think Phoenix would be a good host city because of its state of the art stadium and it also has Sun Devil Stadium and is moderately close to LA and San Diego.