As a resident of the Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) area, I firmly believe that these cities can handle the hosting duties of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. I’m not just saying that because I’d rather watch the sport live than stare at my television screen. There are five valid reasons why Dallas can and should be the chosen city.
1: Dallas has an excellent public transit system – the DART.
Yes, a lot of cities have great transit systems, but the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) is all-encompassing and spans the distance between Ft. Worth and North Dallas. The fact of the matter is that the spectators that flock to the city to watch the World Cup will have a large area of hotels to choose from without worrying about transportation. The best part is that the DART pulls right up to the Cotton Bowl, which brings me to my next point.
2: Dallas has 2 capable stadiums.
I shouldn’t even have to mention the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Doesn’t everybody know about the most famous stadium in Texas? Well, it’s new and improved over the old stadium, and it can fit even more people than the other stadium available for use: the Cotton Bowl stadium. We already know that the Cotton Bowl can do the job, because it proved itself during the 1994 World Cup, which takes me to another undeniable fact.
3: Dallas has World Cup experience under its belt.
That’s right, we’ve done it before – in 1994. Dallas was one of the many competition venues used for the World Cup sixteen years ago. In fact, six games took place at the stadium, which is located within Fair Park (gousabid.com). Do you know what that means? Fair Park is where the big State Fair of Texas happens each year. If the park can handle all of those visitors, it can certainly handle an influx of spectators!
4: Dallas has more to offer visitors than just big hats and cattle.
Texas can have a reputation for being more “old West” than it really is. In fact, I lived in Atlanta before moving to Dallas, and I’d say that Dallas has more to offer in both amenities and culture. There is great history to this town, but there is a metropolitan feel to it at the same time. Plus, with our arts district, uptown, West End, and Downtown, you’ll think you’re in New York City…sort of! More importantly, if Dallas is good enough for the next Superbowl, it’s good enough for the World Cup!
5: The World Cup would revive neglected parts of the city.
For example, downtown Dallas used to be a thriving area. But, with the recession in recent years, a lot of businesses have gone under and the residential buildings are below capacity. Slowly but surely things are starting to turn around. But, if the city has to prepare for an inflow of people in 2022, there’s a good chance that jobs will be created and businesses will flourish once again. That would be a very good thing!