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World Cup In Atlanta? Maybe.

Atlanta, GA – Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of sports enthusiasts and community leaders gathered with international and national soccer officials in New York City on Monday to support the United States’ bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The group was also there to promote Atlanta as one of the potential 18 host cities.  Joining the Mayor in New York were Gary Stokan, Atlanta World Cup organizing committee chairman, Frank Poe, Georgia World Congress Center executive director and Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president. 

The U.S. Bid Committee hosted a reception in New York City to welcome the FIFA Inspection Delegation to the United States.  FIFA, the world soccer federation, visited New York City to examine America’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.  The United States is among 10 nations bidding for the World Cup.  The announcement is expected to come on Dec. 2, 2010.  If the U.S. wins the bid, the USA Bid Committee will determine the final host cities and announce them five years prior to each event.   

“Atlanta is an international city whose diverse residents and business leaders are passionate about sports, especially soccer," said Mayor Kasim Reed.  "We have the energy and expertise to successfully host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. The City of Atlanta has welcomed the Super Bowl, the World Series, several All-Star games and the 1996 Olympics. We would be honored to add the FIFA World Cup to our major sporting events and showcase our rich culture, fine dining and unique attractions to the world."

The City of Atlanta has also submitted bids to house the World Cup media center and the FIFA headquarters during the tournament. 

Courtesy of the City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor