CoMs chosen in World Cup bid
- Wed 16 Dec 2009, 5:02PM
- Posted byChris Bailey
The City of Manchester Stadium has been included amongst the grounds to be included in the final World Cup submission to FIFA by the England 2018 bid.
Football’s world governing body will study the submission in May next year.
In the meantime Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Milton Keynes, Newcastle/Gateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland join Manchester as the other successful cities that made the final cut.
Between them, the Candidate Host Cities have made more than £300m worth of financial guarantees towards a World Cup in England if the country is successful at the FIFA vote in December 2010.
There has also been a commitment of £100m plus towards legacy and urban regeneration projects.
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Each of the Candidate Host Cities ran its own 'Back the Bid' campaign which has demonstrated a groundswell of public support and involved a range of celebrities including Sting, Noel Gallagher, Lennox Lewis and Andrew Flintoff.
The decision was reached by a technical panel chaired by Brian Mawhinney and including England 2018 Chief Executive, Andy Anson, and Chief Operating Officer, Simon Johnson.
Each city was assessed on a total of 67 criteria and 82 sub-criteria with a team of industry leading experts providing a written recommendation to the technical panel. During the process the cities received two inspection visits.
Garry Cook, chief executive, Manchester City Football Club said: “This is fantastic news for the city. Manchester has two truly world class stadiums, which would be fitting stages for the 2018 World Cup.
“Everyone at Manchester City – players, staff and supporters, will be incredibly excited at the prospect of hosting games at City of Manchester Stadium, and we will be keeping our fingers crossed that the English bid is successful.”
Brian Mawhinney said: "This is a tremendous day for the England 2018 World Cup Bid. The whole of football has worked in partnership throughout this process and it is significant that eight Premier League clubs and six Football League clubs' stadiums will be named in our Bid book to FIFA. Additionally, many other clubs are under consideration as training venues.
"We are committed to producing a technical bid that exceeds FIFA's requirements and we believe the outstanding work of the Candidate Host Cities we will now be putting forward gives us the best chance to do this and be successful at the vote in December 2010.”
A final decision on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be made by FIFA in December 2010.
Should England be successful, FIFA will make the final decision over Host Cities and Stadiums by 2013.