Sunday's World Cup final is 'all about Nashville'

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 2:13pm

As part of supporting Nashville’s bid to host World Cup games in either 2018 or 2022, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is showing the World Cup final at LP Field.

Admission to the event is free and concessions will be discounted. Festivities begin 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The contest between Spain and the Netherlands kicks off at 1:30 p.m.

“We are trying to demonstrate that there is broad support for bringing the World Cup to the U.S. and in particular that Nashville is large enough and supportive enough to be one of the host cities,” Convention and Visitors Bureau president Butch Spyridon said. “At the end of the day this is all about Nashville.”

Nashville is currently one of 18 cities that is part of USA Soccer’s bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. Nashville’s World Cup matches would be played at LP Field.

If FIFA selects the United States, the number of host cities would need to be cut. The 1994 World Cup in the US had nine host sites.

Nashville is soliciting support through an online petition.

“There are still some people that are saying Nashville doesn’t have a chance,” Spyridon said. “My answer to that is that ‘the Oilers aren’t coming to Nashville.’ I heard it 10 years ago.”

Sunday’s local event will feature live music and a kid’s zone. The first 1000 people to arrive get a voucher for a free Nashville Sounds ticket. Fans can also register to win a suite for the Titans’ preseason game against New Orleans. There will be other giveaways before the match.

The game will be screened on the large video boards at the north and south ends of the venue.
 

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 7/8/10 at 6:10

The hard sell is on.

Absent from the story is who is picking up the tab for this "event". Is it us or special interests?

By: richgoose on 7/9/10 at 7:56

I remember thinking when I was just a child that Nashville would someday host either the (futbol world cup) or a (worldwide tug of war championship)

By: TakePrideInNash on 7/9/10 at 8:56

idgaf you really are paranoid. You seem to think the government is out to get you.
richgoose you must really live a sad life. Why always with the sarcasm?

By: PKVol on 7/9/10 at 10:15

idgaf - what are the expenses related to this "event"?

By: richgoose on 7/9/10 at 3:11

TAKEPRIDE.......Sarcasm! I want the best for Nashville just like you. I want a city with a government who understands that lower taxes mean more productive residents. I want a city that understands the future of this country. I want a city that stops providing the entertainment for the residents of Cheatman,Wilson,Williamson,Dickson,Sumner and Montgomery County.

The higher taxes are driving the productive people of Davidson County out of lthe county.

I gave up hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to live in my childhood city. Don't mistake criticism for sarcasm.

By: idgaf on 7/10/10 at 12:46

PKVol it is not necessarily the expenses for this event but to identify who is/will be behind the push to get the world cup here which as I understand it will require a new field and I am guessing at least another 1/2 billion that the taxpayers will have to ante up beside other costs.

There is a method to their madness and to keep our head above water you have to stay one step ahead of them or at least identify the players and anticipate their next step..

I saw the sounds coming as soon as they announced they were going to tear down the garbage burner. Not them specifically but that a deal was made already. The teardown and cleanup cost us more then it would have cost us to get it in order to where we were getting paid to burn the fuel that generated electricity which was a big plus for the city.

Notice we haven't heard how much the new facility cost and how much we are spending for fuel for it. The crooks we have here are long range planners when they are doing something big.

I would bet that the fairgrounds are already spoken for when (if) they close it down.

The people in this town are so gullible its pathetic. Wave a sporting event or trincket in front of them and they are hooked, and they don't even think of the cost. The arena was making money with only 25% bookings then the preds came and bada bing we were in the red. That could have paid for the BUD BOWL instead of it costing us 25 million a year. (more with the revised pred contract)

It cheated us out of a lot of concerts too from the Stars that live right here that don't tour in the winter time.

Not one thing they told us was a good investment turned out that way including Dell and HCA. Losers all. How many times do you have to be taken to the cleaners before you learn ?

By: idgaf on 7/10/10 at 12:57

Don't rule out the idea that they have the new soccor stadium planed for the fairgrounds. That would coinside with the timing and sudden move to get rid of it.

A streach yes but it is a possibility especially if they have a plan that could be converted to a major leauge baseball stadium or perhaps the new home for the Sounds. They haven't given up on that yet.

By: amyinsparta on 7/10/10 at 10:39

"The people in this town are so gullible its pathetic. Wave a sporting event or trincket in front of them and they are hooked, and they don't even think of the cost. The arena was making money with only 25% bookings then the preds came and bada bing we were in the red. That could have paid for the BUD BOWL instead of it costing us 25 million a year. (more with the revised pred contract).."

I don't think the city's residents are gullible. I think the pols and the corporations that come here pay no attention to them and simply bring in what they wish. And every city, state, and federal govt.operating in the red makes no difference to them. As long as it makes them look good, the 'small people' will continue to bear the burden. We ourselves have allowed it because of our misperceptions about the role of corporate cabals in our country. We become their fodder in money and lives in their endeavors to outdo each other while we live under the illusion that half a trillion yearly profits are fine and dandy and them paying no taxes is the way it should be. Yes, we are gullible all right. Last year BP paid less that 30% of the taxes they should have because they and all the other corporations/banks own and operate the govt. of the USA and can dictate what laws are passed to protect their insane incomes. And we permit it because we are totally ignorant of what they are doing. I guess the president of BP WAS right-we are truly SMALL PEOPLE because we are blind-or simply refuse to see how the world really works.