Nashville is now positioned No. 8, up from No. 11, on the 18-city fan list of U.S. cities vying to host World Cup action in 2022, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau said today.
The slotting at No. 8 does not guarantee Nashville and LP Field will host a World Cup game, but it greatly increases the city’s chances, according to Molly Sudderth, CVB communications director.
“Nashville’s done a great job of showing its support for World Cup soccer and our ranking shows it, but we still need everyone that hasn’t signed the online petition to do so,” Sudderth said. “If we can continue to show strong interest and support, we will be in a better position to host the games.”
Today, gousabid.com officials emailed the most recent leader board, which ranks the Top 10 of the 18 cities, based on votes from fans, as follows: 1. Philadelphia (102,595 supporters); 2. Indianapolis (81,741); 3. Houston (77,366); 4. Miami (72,519); 5. Tampa Bay (68,503); 6. Los Angeles (64,520); 7. New York-New Jersey (62,414); 8.Nashville (46,198); 9. Seattle (44,936); and 10. Atlanta (42,486).
The remaining eight are (in order of ranking), Baltimore, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Dallas, Denver, Boston, San Diego and Phoenix-Glendale.
Sudderth said gousabid.com had Nashville ranked No. 11 in August.
Of the 18 cities/stadiums, 12-14 are expected to be selected for World Cup action if the United States secures the country bid. Via the Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Federation, the U.S. is competing with Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Qatar, Russia and South Korea, as well as combined bids from Portugal/Spain and Belgium/The Netherlands. FIFA, which governs the World Cup, has been conducting site visits this year and will make a decision on the 2022 World Cup on Dec. 2.