FIFA party tour CoMS for 2018 bid
- 25 August 2010 17:07
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
It might be coming home. England's bid to stage the World Cup in 2018 took another step forward today when FIFA delegates visited City of Manchester Stadium.
Officials from the world governing body were in Manchester to make a detailed final inspection of both the city's grounds, which would host games if FIFA awarded the tournament to England.
City of Manchester Stadium, built to accomodate the 2002 Commonwealth Games, has already proved capable of staging major matches with the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and England's international with Iceland in 2006.
The FIFA party met Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook, Club Ambassador and former England player Mike Summerbee, and Social Inclusion Project Manager Eddie Afekafe as well as top referee Howard Webb.
They also watched 200 youngsters taking part in City in the Community activities on the newly-opened City Square, and 45 more enjoying various coaching clinics inside on the Stadium pitch.
England are one of five nations bidding to host the 2018 World Cup. A decision will be announced in December. Council bosses believe Manchester's involvement would be worth up to £150million for the local economy.