World Cup Soccer – San Diego
If this question seems quite shocking to you, it shouldn’t. The idea of World Cup soccer at Qualcomm Stadium is not such an unrealistic vision. Recently, the wheels have been put in motion to have San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers, be a host site included in a bid to have the World Cup return to the United States in either 2018 or 2022. Although these dates may seem far away in the future, the decision regarding who will host this massive event is made years before the actual event to allow for the construction and renovation of infrastructure.
Handing the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ hosting responsibilities to the United States 15 years ago was seen as a major risk worldwide. By the end of the historic event, the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ was seen as one of FIFA’s most successful events, leading to a soccer boom in the US. Today, soccer is making progress in receiving the exposure that other major US sports enjoy with expanded TV coverage and growing youth programs.
With interest and popularity in Soccer at an all time in the US, it makes perfect sense that the US is putting together a bid to snag another chance to host one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions.
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