As I tweeted – can’t believe I used that word – was there ever a doubt that Seattle wouldn’t be on the latest list of potential host cities for 2018 or 2022 World Cup matches, should the U.S. get the bid?
YOU made it possible. That’s the sound of me applauding the soccer community in this area.
Officially, Seattle is one of the cities that will be included in the final bid due to FIFA by May 14. It is one of the three cities with two venues that could be used – Qwest and Husky Stadium. Man, I hope they remodel Husky Stadium beforehand, it needs it. The place needs a facelift.
Dallas and Los Angeles also got two venues on the list.
Here are my thoughts on the stadiums on the list that I’ve been to:
Georgia Dome, Atlanta: Weird white roof. But not bad. I prefer the elements, of course it would be humid big time in the ATL during the summer.
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore: Love it. One of the best of all the NFL stadiums I’ve been to. That DC area is a good soccer community too.
Gillette Stadium, Boston: I liked the grass there, it works.
INVESCO Field, Denver: Another of my favorite NFL stadiums and it will get loud in there.
Reliant Stadium, Houston: Good choice. It’s big, climate-controlled and in a good soccer town.
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City: Good spot, plenty of open space around there, good for that area.
Rose Bowl, L.A. – Of course L.A. had to be in the mix, but the Rose Bowl, while situated in a beautiful location, is cramped as far as seating and needs an upgrade.
Landshark Field, Miami – Any South American/Latin American team that plays there is going to get plenty of support. I wish the stadium wasn’t so enclosed.
LP Field, Nashville – Surprised about that pick. It must have done well for USMNT friendlies.
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia – One of the best stadiums in this country.
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. – Same as above. Easy to get to and the area is growing.
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – Will need some remodeling because it’s been around a while, but it’s San Diego, hard to beat that.