Tuesday, January 12, 2010

World Cup in SD?

World Cup matches may be coming to San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8 ) - We are one step closer to seeing World Cup soccer matches here in San Diego.

San Diego has been chosen as one of 18 cities where FIFA World Cup matches would be played if the U.S. is selected to host the soccer tournament in 2018 or 2022.

Other host cities under consideration are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C., the USA Bid Committee said.

Mayor Jerry Sanders says this is good news not only for sports fans, but for all San Diego businesses.

"The economic impact of being one of a dozen or so host cities for U.S. Based World Cup would be enormous. By some estimates such an event would generate $350 million to $500 million worth of business for San Diego," Sanders said.

FIFA will announce the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments next December.

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