Thursday, September 09, 2010

FIFA World Cup

Basically FIFA told the USA committee that Miami had to be included in the pitch to host a world cup in the USA in 2018 or 2022, due to the weather and the beaches. And of course the ratings in this years world cup. 

FIFA visited on Wednesday, and was here for about 3 hours. They went to Joe Robbie stadium and it was setup for soccer.  Mike Dee pitched the stadium and how it could lose the baseball changes and be ready for soccer. He also showed the same artist renderings we all saw previously. 

The FIFAers then flew with Dee and others to Miami beach to look at the convention center - where the draw would be held. They went via helicopter to take in the view of the beach. 

I hear FIFA was very impressed and it seems likely the USA will get 2018 or 2022, so long as Miami is in the mix. 

Interestingly, I think the stadium renovations were intentionally included - saying the stadium will be 30 years old - so that there is another potential funding source to have it done.

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