Seattle is one of 27 cities advancing to the next round of consideration as a host city for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022, the USA Bid Committee announced today.
“All of us have seen the excitement and energy the Sounders FC has brought to Seattle in its first year. Being a host city for the World Cup would be an extraordinary opportunity for our residents, businesses and our enthusiastic Seattle soccer fans,” said Mayor Greg Nickels.
The USA Bid Committee is seeking to be a World Cup Host Nation and invited 39 cities to submit proposals. The city of Seattle submitted a proposal in July, working closely with local government agencies, companies and organizations including the University of Washington, Seattle Sports Commission and Vulcan Sports and Entertainment.
Seattle’s proposal identified both Qwest Field (67,000 seats) and Husky Stadium (72,500 seats) as potential venues, as well as four training sites. Seattle’s bid also highlighted the city’s athletic facilities, the region’s new light rail system and a supportive corporate community, along with vibrant hospitality and tourism industries.
Seattle will now submit more detailed information and in May 2010, the USA Bid Committee is expected to determine 18 final cities for consideration as part of its bid submission to the FIFA World Cup™.
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