Soccer has been a love of my family’s since before I can remember. With each little suburban neighborhood armed with an AYSO soccer team on every corner, soccer has high rankings among parents as well as their kids in Southern California. In my opinion, it would be a great benefit and honor to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup.
This will provide a much needed Economic Boost to California. With a large International sporting event like the World Cup will come the millions of dollars injected into the preparation and the rewards of the small and large local businesses reaping the benefits. As a local of this area, I personally find this very appealing. Los Angeles and its surrounding areas would be impacted by this boost.
Promote Soccer’s rising popularity in US. This is a sport that has gained popularity in the US over the last decade at an increasing rate. According to CNN, World Cup the last US hosted World Cup in 1994 broke attendance records. It would be such benefits to the sport to see the ever-growing enthusiasm for soccer grow even higher. With the move of David Beckham to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, the sport has gotten much notoriety among the Hollywood Elite as well.
Job Creation will be one of the better benefits. At a 12.4% Unemployment rate as of October 2010, California is currently ranked the third highest unemployment state in the nation just behind Michigan and Nevada. This will undoubtedly help hundreds of thousands of folks get back to work. The unemployment rate has crippled the state of California and this will personally help me as a resident of Southern California get back some of what we lost in this recession.
Hosting the World Cup will be good for tourism industry. California’s tourism industry was a leading source of revenue at one point and the impact of the world wide economic downturn has impacted this source. Feeding the tourism industry in California will benefit not only California but also those who travel to California.
The political gain will be insurmountable. All dignitaries are in one location which and enables foreign affair ambassadors to do their job in a much more pleasant arena. There are many political figures that will be in attendance and with the shift of world politics having the home field advantage would be a benefit.
It would be a highlight in my own personal life and that of my family to see the World Cup in our home town.