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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
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    Wilmington, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Will there be a tariff involved?

    <ducks, runs>
    I heard they were building a new stadium for the final and naming it, "The NAFTA". The North American Football Tournament Association.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    North of Durham
    In 2002 when Japan and South Korea co-hosted they were both in the World Cup - I think they were given automatic berths but they might have qualified. If the field was staying at its current size having US, Mexico and Canada all get automatic bids might have been challenging, but with the planned expansion, I'm guessing they will give them all automatic bids, particularly because the US and Mexico likely would be getting in anyway (though this year shows that nothing is guaranteed).

    If I recall, the bid team's final proposal suggested an increased number of games going to Mexico and Canada to de-emphasize American involvement, since many countries aren't currently big fans of ours. However, I think FIFA has the final say.

    As a New Yorker, I would love for the final to be here. I assume DC is a strong possibility also, particularly given that there are some rumblings of a new stadium for the Redskins, and LA, either in the Rose Bowl or the new football stadium that is under construction. Chicago apparently asked not to be considered to host any games. I think Philly and Baltimore will get squeezed by their proximity to NY, DC and New England, the same might happen to Nashville due to Atlanta, and Miami and Orlando at best is an either/or.

    The travel distances between venues has the potential to be a real headache - back-to-back games in Toronto or New England followed by Mexico City would not be easy. I don't know how much they can regionalize things, such as having Dallas and LA be affiliated with Mexican venues and northern American venues be closely tied to Canadian hosts.

  3. #23
    Carts and horses and all that: who wants to bet USMNT has to play a game in Azteca?

  4. #24
    Just to add a plug for the American Outlaws - if you are a US Soccer fan, you need to join this group. I went to a recent friendly in Cary and sat with this group (after meeting DWine) and had a blast. It was the closest thing to sitting in the student section at Cameron that I have ever experienced. I will admit that at 40+, I needed a couple of beers to get into the cheering action.

    Outlaw members get bulk ticket discounts and their own section. And it's a phenomenal group of soccer fans, with chapters in most major metropolitan areas.

    https://www.theamericanoutlaws.com/
    "There can BE only one."

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    Carts and horses and all that: who wants to bet USMNT has to play a game in Azteca?
    I saw something this morning about how the bid committee had promised to deliver $11 billion to FIFA. The US team will almost certainly be scheduled in the stadiums that can bring in the highest gate. Based on targeting the finals/semis for NY/Dallas and the opener for LA, I would bet the USMNT plays its two group games in LA and Washington.

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Our son did some preliminary ticket pricing. $431 PP.

    Told him we loved him a lot but would be very happy to watch with him on his couch and buy several bombers of fancy ales to sip as we cheered the USMNT on to victories.

    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Hot'Lanta... home of the Falcons!
    More details coming out...

    Mexico and Canada will each get two R32 and one R16 game. The rest of the knockout round will be in the United States. Though nothing has been finalized yet, it appears the semi finals will be in Atlanta and Dallas with the Finals in NJ, just across the river from NYC.
    I don't know what you are doing right now, but if you aren't listening to the DBR Podcast, you're doing it wrong.

  8. #28
    I've been to Columbus a bunch of times, so can understand why not Columbus. I haven't ever been to a Crew game so maybe I'm missing something there. I went to a few Revs games when I lived in the Boston area. But mainly I am still waiting for Pele to make his return with the Cosmos.

    I'm probably being petty in another thread.

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
    Its real simple, various places have been great in supporting soccer, but unless they have a larger American football stadium, the World Cup won't be there. One of the selling points was the available, ready made and not to be built infrastructure and the $ the tourney could generate(as well as seats for people who want to go)

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Deslok View Post
    Its real simple, various places have been great in supporting soccer, but unless they have a larger American football stadium, the World Cup won't be there. One of the selling points was the available, ready made and not to be built infrastructure and the $ the tourney could generate(as well as seats for people who want to go)
    100% true, but of course Ohio State's stadium has a larger capacity than most (actually, if Wikipedia is to believed, higher than all) NFL stadiums. It is, admittedly not a major tourist destination, but I'm not sure it is significantly less exciting than Kansas City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or Cincinnati (although it is smaller than some of them).

  11. #31
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Michael Corey not gonna be happy with y'all throwing shade on Columbus...

    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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