World Cup Host Candidates Announced

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2026 WC announced 49 venues across US/Canada/Mexico. Out of the 37 venues in USA, STL is snubbed. Really pathetic how badly our civic leadership has failed. The fact that KC, Cinci, Denver, Cleveland, Indy, even Green Bay making the initial list over Saint Louis is absolutely embarrassing.

http://sbisoccer.com/2017/08/united-bid ... ld-cup-bid
RuskiSTL wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:41 pm
2026 WC announced 49 venues across US/Canada/Mexico. Out of the 37 venues in USA, STL is snubbed. Really pathetic how badly our civic leadership has failed. The fact that KC, Cinci, Denver, Cleveland, Indy, even Green Bay making the initial list over Saint Louis is absolutely embarrassing.

http://sbisoccer.com/2017/08/united-bid ... ld-cup-bid
I thought real grass was a specific necessity to host a FIFA governed (men's) game? Surprising there are so many artificially turfed indoor stadiums on the list.
RuskiSTL wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:41 pm
2026 WC announced 49 venues across US/Canada/Mexico. Out of the 37 venues in USA, STL is snubbed. Really pathetic how badly our civic leadership has failed. The fact that KC, Cinci, Denver, Cleveland, Indy, even Green Bay making the initial list over Saint Louis is absolutely embarrassing.

http://sbisoccer.com/2017/08/united-bid ... ld-cup-bid
I don't know - are we really considering this a failure? Basically I see a list of past/present/future NFL stadiums plus a couple iconic stadiums (Cotton Bowl/Colesium). The only two outliers are Salt Lake City and Birmingham. I don't know why Birmingham but I imagine Salt Lake City because they have an MLS team

For us to be on this list we would have to: Build a new football stadium or re-do the dome. Both sound like a terrible idea to me. A regular size MLS stadium wouldn't work for the WC.
Is anyone actually surprised? I'm not, once the NFL screwed us that was it for any World Cup in St. Louis. On the brightside (depending on how you look at it) St. Louis' Josh Sargent will probably be the star of the USMNT by then.
This just is what it is. We don't have a venue capable of hosting on any realistic level.

Even if you absolutely thought a fully domed stadium should get consideration, consider what the state of the Dome might be in 9 years. There's just simply nowhere for them to play in St. Louis.
Birmingham?

Birmingham, Alabama?
jstriebel wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:27 pm
This just is what it is. We don't have a venue capable of hosting on any realistic level.

Even if you absolutely thought a fully domed stadium should get consideration, consider what the state of the Dome might be in 9 years. There's just simply nowhere for them to play in St. Louis.
Pretty much, all the games at Busch Stadium and the Dome have been friendly games so field size doesn't matter
ricke002 wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:45 pm
I thought real grass was a specific necessity to host a FIFA governed (men's) game? Surprising there are so many artificially turfed indoor stadiums on the list.
I am guessing they will bring in grass for the WC. They did here for soccer before.
framer wrote: Birmingham, Alabama?
They have a 70K seat outdoor football stadium. I doubt it actually gets picked though.

And everyone's point about us not having a suitable stadium, I agree with. Who knows what kind of condition the dome will be in in 9 years and although Busch held a World Cup Qualifier, the field isn't big enough. I doubt they make a field size exception for the actual WC. Plus, Busch isn't a big enough venue. They want 60K and up. I think only SLC isn't that size in the USA stadium list, which makes me think it won't make the final cut either.
jshank83 wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:10 am
ricke002 wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:45 pm
I thought real grass was a specific necessity to host a FIFA governed (men's) game? Surprising there are so many artificially turfed indoor stadiums on the list.
I am guessing they will bring in grass for the WC. They did here for soccer before.
framer wrote: Birmingham, Alabama?
They have a 70K seat outdoor football stadium. I doubt it actually gets picked though.

And everyone's point about us not having a suitable stadium, I agree with. Who knows what kind of condition the dome will be in in 9 years and although Busch held a World Cup Qualifier, the field isn't big enough. I doubt they make a field size exception for the actual WC. Plus, Busch isn't a big enough venue. They want 60K and up. I think only SLC isn't that size in the USA stadium list, which makes me think it won't make the final cut either.

In regards to who gets chosen. There will only be like 22 venues used in the WC. Obviously there needs to be several in Mexico and Canada as part of the joint bid. I would guess you are looking at about 15 American venues chosen - with several of those basically already granted to the Kroenke stadium, metlife stadium, centurylink, RFK, etc. of the worlds. So you have a small number of "open" stadium slots.

Unless STL is planning on building a NFL stadium soon or SLU/Wash U jointly decide to start playing football and build a stadium we were never going to get one of these. I don't see the Rams leaving as a failure of the city, and neither is not having a large state school in the area with football - so not sure how I'm supposed to be upset about not being on this list.
So the 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the US, Canada, and Mexico. There will be 80 matches at 16 sites, from what I heard on the radio. The 16 sites will be chosen from these 23 cities.

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Senator Blunt put out a tweet promoting KC, MO. From what I understand, if KC is picked, the matches would not he held at their soccer park. So I assume they would be held at Chief's Arrowhead Stadium. I understand Busch Stadium would have been too hard to schedule in the summer since it is in use for baseball.

Have to wonder how things would have turned out if St. Louis had built the new NFL outdoor stadium on the river. St. Louis U is in the running to be local site to host for one or two teams, but no games.

I understand the Rose Bowl in LA will likely be where the finals are held. I wonder if Kroenke's stadium doesn't qualify, since it has a lid?
The final match will be at MetLife Stadium in NJ.

Keep in mind that if Chicago and Vancouver hadn't backed out from being prospective host bid cities, we probably don't even see Kansas City or Cincinnati make the cut of 23.

I personally expect to see Baltimore cut (since they can combine that market with DC) as well as KC, Cincinatti, Boston, Nashville, Philadelphia, and then 1 of the four sites in TX or FL. This would leave 3 major markets in Canada and Mexico while the US gets the majority of its major cities and soccer hotbeds with the remaining 10.
The Dome would not likely get picked, even if it was still in tip-top shape. It is not a great soccer venue compared to other open-air venues. With so many newer open-air venues, there is no reason to play these games indoors. On top of that, with no MLS team, we are not on the radar of US Soccer or the world stage, with regards to soccer. Now, saying that, if we had an appropriate open-air venue, we'd likely be on the list. The fact that STL is not on the list is no surprise whatsoever. We just do not have an appropriate venue, simple as that. I do not believe there are any other factors other than venue.
STL could be a training site...

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/soccer/ ... op-story-2

Also, the article brings up a good point. If MLS2STL is ever going to happen, might be a good idea to figure it out before the 2026 World Cup. Having that event in the US is expected to boost soccer here, as it did in 1994. That boost may also significantly boost the competition for MLS teams.