USA Bid Committee, Houston to host FIFA

FIFA delegation for technical inspection tour to visit Houston on Thursday, September 9


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Scott Riddell /

The campaign
for the United States to be selected as host of the FIFA World Cup
in 2018 or 2022 will move to the next phase for the USA Bid Committee when the FIFA Inspection Delegation visits the U.S. next
week, Monday, Sept. 6, to Thursday, Sept. 9.

six-person delegation will arrive in New York City on Monday, Sept. 6, ahead of
a three-day visit of five U.S. cities representing the 18 candidate host cities
of the United States bid – New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Miami,
Dallas, and Houston. During this
important tour, the FIFA Inspection Delegation will have the opportunity to
experience firsthand some of the U.S. bid’s proposed stadiums, training sites,
FIFA Fan Fest venues, transportation, hotels, media facilities, and much

“On behalf
of our cities and people, the USA Bid Committee is honored to welcome the FIFA
Delegation to the United
States,” said Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of USA Bid Committee. “Our respect for the importance of this visit is matched only by our
passion for the game and our commitment to deliver a bid that will be
considered worthy of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or
2022. To the FIFA family and the global
soccer community, we pledge and promise our very best and look forward to
sharing our vision with the FIFA Delegation throughout the tour next week.”

Gulati and
the USA Bid Committee will host the FIFA Inspection Delegation led by
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the president of the Chile Football Association. The FIFA Delegation also includes:
Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup local
organizing committee in South
Africa; Jürgen Müller, FIFA Head of Event
Management; Wolfgang Eichler, FIFA Media Officer; David Fowler, FIFA Marketing;
and Julio Avellar, FIFA Competitions.

of all 18 United States
candidate host cities will be among the first people to greet the FIFA
Delegation on Monday, Sept. 6, when they gather for a private reception at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City to
celebrate the FIFA Delegation’s arrival in the United States.

of the three-day, five-city tour include:

  • Visits
    to proposed FIFA World Cupstadiums for all five markets: the New Meadowlands
    Stadium for New York/New Jersey, FedExField for Washington
    D.C., Sun Life Stadium for Miami,
    Cowboys Stadium for Dallas, and Reliant Stadium
    for Houston.
  • A
    tour of Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League
    Soccer.  Red Bull Arena opened this
    year and is an example of the training sites proposed for 2018 or 2022.
  • Tours of a number of proposed sites for FIFA World Cuprelated
    activities, such as Preliminary and Final Draws, FIFA Congress, International Broadcast Center,
    and FIFA Fan Fests.
  • Meetings
    with soccer figures, city leaders, and celebrities in each market.

The USA Bid
Committee will distribute a media wrap-up at the end of each day of the FIFA
Technical Inspection Tour, detailing the activities in each one of the markets.

The tour
will also present the opportunity for the USA Bid Committee to convey many of
the legacy aspects of the USA Bid to the FIFA Delegation, including those in
the soccer, social, and environmental areas.

The USA Bid
Committee on May 14 submitted to FIFA its comprehensive bid to host the
FIFA World CupTM in 2018 or 2022.  The 24‑member FIFA Executive Committee will
make its decision on hosts for both tournaments on Thursday, Dec. 2, at FIFA’s
headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.


Monday, September 6 – New York City
5:30 p.m. ET estimated arrival of FIFA Delegation at
St. Regis
Private reception with representatives of 18 U.S. candidate
host cities

Tuesday, September 7 – New York City – Washington,
10:30 a.m. ET media briefing* at St. Regis
, second floor Versailles Room, featuring Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of
the FIFA Inspection Delegation, and Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and
chairman of USA Bid Committee
Tour of Javits
Center, one of the
proposed sites for Preliminary or Final Draw
Tour of Red Bull Arena, one of the bid’s proposed
training sites
Tour of New Meadowlands Stadium, one of the bid’s
proposed stadiums
Delegation flies to Washington, D.C.
Visit to George
Mason University,
one of the bid’s proposed base camp training sites
Private dinner with local soccer and political

Wednesday, September 8 – Washington, D.C. – Miami – Dallas
Tour of the Washington Monument,
one of the bid’s proposed Fan Fest sites
Tour of FedExField, one of the bid’s proposed
Delegation flies to Miami
Tour of Sun Life Stadium, one of the bid’s proposed
Tour of Miami
Beach Convention Center,
one of the proposed Final Draw sites
Delegation flies to Dallas

Thursday, September 9 – Dallas – Houston
Tour of Dallas
Convention Center, one of
the proposed FIFA Congress sites
Tour of Cowboys Stadium, one of the bid’s proposed
Delegation flies to Houston
Tour of Reliant Stadium, one of the bid’s proposed
Tour of George
R. Brown
Convention Center, one of the proposed
sites for the International
Broadcast Center
Greeted by student ambassadors from the following
Houston-area schools: St Francis de Sales, St
Francis of Assisi, and Our Lady of Guadalupe
4 p.m. CT media briefing* at George R.
Brown Convention Center
, featuring Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of the FIFA
Inspection Committee, and Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman
of USA Bid Committee
FIFA Delegation departs United States

* Media looking attend the briefing
session in New York on Sept. 6 and/or Houston on Sept. 9 are strongly
to email to
state their intention to attend due to limited space at both locations

Photo opportunities at other stops on
the tour listed above will be available, with more information to be provided
in the days ahead.

Founded in
1913, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for soccer in the USA for more
than 95 years as the governing body of the sport. In this time, the
Federation’s mission statement has been simple and clear: to make soccer, in
all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the United States and to continue the
development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end,
the sport’s growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable
as U.S. Soccer’s National Teams have continually succeeded on the world stage
while also growing the game here in the United States with the support of
its members. For more information, visit

The USA Bid Committee is a nonprofit
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. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is Chairman of the USA Bid
Committee, David Downs is the Executive Director and President Bill Clinton
is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors that includes New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American
soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, actor Morgan Freeman, Major League
Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger,
director Spike Lee, actor Brad Pitt and
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Fox Soccer Channel is an official sponsor of the U.S. Bid. The U.S. Bid includes 18 candidate
host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore,
Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas
City, Los Angeles, Miami,
Nashville, New York,
Philadelphia, Phoenix,
San Diego, Seattle,
Tampa and Washington,
D.C. The U.S. Bid also features 21
currently existing stadiums, 18 of which have been built or renovated in the
last 20 years and all of which are in compliance with FIFA requirements. With
an average capacity of more than 76,000 spectators, the stadiums in the U.S.
Bid offer the availability of a World Cup-record five million tickets that
would generate $1 billion in ticket sales. For more information on the
U.S. Bid, visit

Neil Buethe
, U.S. Soccer, 312/528-1270,
, USA Bid Committee, 212/450-1403,
Jim Woodcock, Fleishman-Hillard, 314/982-7778,