With the completion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Sunday, and the 2014 tournament to be held in Brazil, the question remains: Who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups? The United States is in the running for both bids, and Denver has announced their interest in becoming a host city in 2018.
The decision will be handed down by FIFA on December 2 of this year, and the Metro Denver Sports Commission has made a hard push to be the city where the final is played.
The main points for the Denver delegation that will meet with a FIFA inspection team in New York City will be the dry, clear weather, and their up-to-date airhub at Denver International Airport.
Denver officials got really excited about the chance to hold the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world after watching this year’s contest held in South Africa. President of the commission, Kieann Brownell, is trying to rally supporters to show the FIFA delegation that they are serious about hosting the World Cup.
“I think the most important thing we can do right now is to rally the support. I think we have all of the elements necessary to be a host city and everybody knows that but we really need to show the enthusiasm and support,” Brownell said.
Denver already has the monumental Mile High stadium that hosts the NFL powerhouse Broncos. They could host games at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and already have an all soccer venue at the home stadium of the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will host the 2010 AIFA Gold Cup that will feature the best teams from the premier semi-professional soccer league beginning July 24th.
The city could see giant revenues from hosting the tournament in either 2018, or 2022. Early estimates from city of Denver experts say that becoming the host city could net up to $500 million to the capitol of Colorado.
Other countries in the running are England and Russia while Spain and Portugal have submitted bids to host together as well as Belgium and Holland. England is favored to host the 2018 World Cup at +125 odds. Russia is the second among the candidates to win the bid at +200 odds, and Spain/Portugal come in third at +300. Belgium/Holland are just above the United States at +1000. Soccer sportsbooks have set the Americans as the heavy underdogs to win the bid at +1200.