The United States bid to host the 2018 or the 2022 World Cup announced its final list of 18 possible host cities today. Parsed down from an initial list of 70 cities, these 18 represent options for FIFA to plan a geographic schedule, should the USA win the bid for a World Cup.
At a press conference, U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati and executive director of the USA bid David Downs presented the 18 cities which would host the World Cup should the USA win.
The cities span the breadth and height of the continental U.S. and boast an average of 78,000 seats. The cities are: Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Seattle, Denver, Tampa, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Nashville, Kansas City, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York.
"Today our hopes of becoming a host nation are strengthened many fold by the announcement of the 18 cities we will submit to FIFA on May 14," Gulati said. "These 18 cities share outstanding leadership with a vision and understanding of what a FIFA World Cup would mean to the United States, along with how well we can play the role of host to visitors from throughout the world."
When asked by Goal.com's Greg Lalas, Gulati confirmed that, as of right now, all stadium would have grass installed or grown should the U.S. win a bid to host the World Cup.
A list of possible host cities is due to FIFA by May 14. Among other steps, the USA bid will present a proposal in person to FIFA on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.
FIFA will determine which nations will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Dec. 2.
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