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USA Bid Committee Gives Fans Chance to "Support Your City" as a Host Candidate for FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022


Fans from around the nation can show support for the 27 remaining host city candidates
by joining the more than 129,000 to sign the online petition at goUSAbid.com
 

NEW YORK (October 16, 2009) – The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city- specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010.

The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. The Web site was designed to be the nerve center for all USA Bid Committee initiatives and communication leading up to FIFA’s announcement in December 2010 of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.

“We have seen more than 129,000 passionate soccer supporters sign the online petition at goUSAbid.com since the launch of the Web site on August 12,” said David Downs, Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee. “We anticipate an even greater response, as fans across this country are given the opportunity to support the cities where they were born, live, work or play.

“The 27 American cities and 32 stadiums still under consideration to be included in our bid are all outstanding in their own way. The passion their citizens exhibit towards the opportunity to potentially play host to FIFA World Cup matches will be one of the many factors that we will consider throughout our ongoing selection process.”

The USA Bid Committee recently concluded site visits to the 27 United States cities that passed the third stage of the city and stadium proposal review process and remain under consideration as potential host venues for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of goUSAbid.com provides another extension for these cities to work with the USA Bid Committee both on the development and promotion of their local and national campaigns.

A primary feature of the new “Support Your City” section is a link to a city-specific widget available on each dedicated city page that allows supporters to follow the growth of our campaign, take direct action by signing the petition and promote the Bid's petition to friends via e-mail, twitter and/or Facebook. The widgets for all of the 27 candidate cities are available now to be posted to personal blogs or Web pages. The widget allows users to stay on the site they are currently on and sign the petition without leaving the page. After signing the petition, the user will receive an invitation form to get the word out via e-mail, twitter and/or Facebook.

The 27 remaining candidate cities offer a wide variety of markets that range in size from New York City to Jacksonville, Fla., as well as vast coast-to-coast geographic strength.  Numerous U.S. markets that did not play host to matches during FIFA World Cup in 1994 remain under consideration, including Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Denver, Seattle and Phoenix.

A short list of 32 stadiums currently under consideration by the USA Bid Committee was also announced on August 20 in conjunction with the list of 27 candidate cities.  The venues average almost 74,000 in capacity and represent a wide spectrum of facilities, featuring stadiums typically used for college and professional football, including open-air, domed and retractable roof venues. All 32 stadiums currently exist or are under construction with eight featuring capacities between 80,000 and 108,000 spectators.  A list of the finalist cities and stadiums, all of which are vying to be included in the USA Bid Committee’s formal bid book to FIFA in May 2010, can be found at the end of this news release and at the bid’s official Web page, goUSAbid.com

The current list of venues came as a result of a four-month process that began in April with representatives from 58 stadiums expressing interest in being considered for the USA’s bid. The USA Bid Committee was then able to cut the list to 45 stadiums in 38 cities in mid-June following the review of a detailed questionnaire completed by the candidate venues that incorporated the strict FIFA facility requirements into the evaluation process.

FIFA’s criterion requires a candidate host nation to provide a minimum of 12 stadiums and a maximum of 18 capable of seating 40,000 or more spectators.  Stadiums with a minimum capacity of 80,000 are required by FIFA for consideration to play host to the Opening Match and Final Match.  The United States used stadiums in nine cities when it hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. 

In addition to the new “Support Your City” section of the Web page, goUSAbid.com includes a dedicated space where visitors can share their stories and experiences about individuals, organizations, charities, foundations and other entities utilizing soccer as a tool for positive social change. In addition to being the ultimate source for breaking news and detailed information regarding the USA Bid, goUSAbid.com also allows supporters to make donations to the USA Bid Committee in exchange for merchandise and participate in prize raffle contests.

Featuring heavy user generation and tools for interaction, goUSAbid.com serves as a toolkit for fans to share their spirit for the USA Bid with friends and strangers everywhere, building a community of ambassadors around the globe around the theme, “The Game is in US.” In addition, visitors to the site are able to host events with supporters in their areas and coordinate watch parties for soccer events at local bars and other establishments with the “Match Finder” tool. The “Support Your City” section of goUSAbid.com will be an important resource for helping supporters find out what is going on with the USA Bid in their community.

The United States, Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022.  Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Qatar and South Korea have applied as candidates to play host only to the tournament in 2022.

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ABOUT THE USA BID COMMITTEE INC.:
The USA Bid Committee is a non-profit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation.  The Bid Committee will submit its comprehensive bid to FIFA by May 2010, with FIFA’s 24‑member Executive Committee making a decision in December 2010. Members of the USA Bid Committee in alphabetical order include Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz, comedian and Seattle Sounders FC part-owner Drew Carey, former Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman (Asia) Carlos Cordeiro, U.S. Men’s National Team player Landon Donovan, Executive Director David Downs, U.S. Soccer CEO and General Secretary Dan Flynn, U.S. Soccer Foundation President Ed Foster-Simeon, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, U.S. Women’s National Team former player Mia Hamm, Walt Disney Company President and CEO Robert Iger, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, New England Revolution and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, University of Miami President Donna Shalala and Univision CEO Joe Uva.

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