The US is competing to host the 2022 FIFA (The Federation Internationale de Football) World Cup – against Australia, Korea Republic, Qatar, and Japan. The US will present 18 cities to the FIFA Executive Committee, with a decision to be announced on Dec 2, 2010.
The 2010 World Cup Final was viewed by more than 24 million viewers. This means that the US has more than enough sports fans that will support any city chosen in the US. However, there are many reasons Atlanta should be the number one choice for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, here is a list of the outstanding reasons the committee should choose Atlanta.
In 1996, Women’s Soccer was first made an Olympic sport and the US Women’s National Team won the gold.
This domed stadium is located in downtown Atlanta, convenient to hotels, shops, and eateries. The Georgia dome seats 71,250 and has hosted the Atlanta Falcons (NFL) since it opened in 1992. The dome has seen two Super Bowls and hosted NCAA Final Four basketball championships for both men and women.
In 1996 Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympic Games, which means they are prepared for the large masses of people who will be attending. Hotels, transportation, security, meals – Atlanta has the experience and the ability to welcome the tens of thousands of fans and media who will attend the event. Visitors can use the shuttles, taxi, rapid rail, and city bus to get around Atlanta; however everything is so close that you could walk to wherever you want without a problem. There are over 745 hotels and over 92,000 rooms to fit every budget.
Atlanta International Airport is the primary hub to major airlines, including the world’s largest Delta Airlines hub, AirTrans Airway, and Delta partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Atlanta International Airport is ranked as the world’s busiest airport, yet is able to move passengers quickly and efficiently in today’s challenging times of security.
Culture, Attractions, and Food
Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege of visiting and staying in Downtown Atlanta. I’ve also been able to get to know first-hand the southern hospitality of Atlanta’s unique cultural mix of people. There is so much to see and do in downtown Atlanta, before or after the World Cup Games.
There are many museums, galleries, music halls, and family attractions /tours, shopping, a mix of fast foods and cultural cuisine all in walking distance from your hotel. Here’s a brief list of what you could enjoy in Atlanta:
Georgia Aquarium – the largest collection of aquariums in the world, you could literally spend an entire day in awe of the beautiful exhibits and presentations. The water is memorizing.
New World of Coca-Cola – on a trip to Atlanta one of the locals explained that Atlanta is Coca-Cola city. I was told, very nicely, that I should not and don’t expect to get Pepsi or see a Pepsi machine dispenser. I didn’t really look, but I love the loyalty. It’s sort of like asking for a foreign made car in Detroit, you don’t do it. You can see the large Coca-Cola bottles at the entrance, right across the Georgia Aquarium and next to the Centennial Olympic Park.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta – all within walking distance from each other. You could take a shuttle from airport to downtown and just walk to each attraction.
CNN Atlanta Tours – home of CNN – if you’re a news buff or just curious how the world is presented to you, this is a definite not to miss tour. Check for times before you arrive in Atlanta.
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