August 20, 2009: The USA Bid Committee, which is overseeing the process to have the U.S. host the FIFA World Cup in either 2018 or 2022, said that 27 cities encompassing 32 venues passed the third stage of the proposal review process and remain under consideration as potential host venues. According to USABC, these cities will "continue working with the USA Bid Committee both on the development and promotion of their local and national campaigns."
Eleven cities did not make the cut to the third stage.
The USA Bid Committee must submit its final list of between 12-18 sites to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's world governing body, in May 2010.
FIFA and its 24 member executive committee will study all bids from around the world, 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 2010 World Cup is being held in South Africa, and the 2014 World Cup is being held in Brazil. The U.S. last hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994. Other nations contending to host the next World Cups are Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia, which 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, according to FIFA.
According to the USABC, the venues still in contention "average almost 74,000 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 80,000 and 108,000 spectators."
Stadiums with a minimum capacity of 80,000 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.
Among the cities and sites still in contention in the U.S. are Michigan Stadium in Detroit (108,000 capacity), the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, outside of Dallas (100,000), Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607) and the Rose Bowl (92,000+), FedEx Field in Washington. D.C. (91,704) and the new Meadowlands Stadium under construction in East Rutherford, N.J. (82,000).
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.
"The USA Bid Committee is pleased to have received comprehensive responses from city officials and local organizing committees across the United States," Sunil Gulati, the chairman of the USA Bid Committee and president of U.S. Soccer, said in a statement. "The overwhelming interest and creativity shown by the candidate cities made our extensive review process that much more difficult in narrowing down the list."
Cities/Venues In Contention To Host Games For Either The 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup
Source: USA Bid Committee