Well I would certainly agree with Leeds hosting games for the 2018/22 World Cup although there would certainly need to be substantial improvements made to the stadium (basically a reconstruction of most of the stadium especially the west stand although the East Stand would probably only require cosmetic improvements) and would having Ken Bates at LUFC be a stumbling block (although would he really be still there by 2018)? However Leeds surely must have a chance considering the potential for a railway station on it's doorstep, it's national (and international) transport links via air, rail and road and the large number of amenities and hotels in the city.FA tours Leeds as part of city's 2018 World Cup party bid
By Paul Robinson
A delegation from the Football Association has run the rule over Leeds' sporting facilities as part of the city's bid to join the 2018 World Cup party.
Yorkshire's unofficial capital wants to be a host venue if England succeeds in bringing football home in nine years' time.
And yesterday, a seven-strong party from the FA assessed the merits of Leeds' bid during a tour of the city.
Delegates visited Leeds United's Elland Road ground, where matches would be played during the 2018 tournament if all goes according to plan.
They also inspected potential training bases for competing nations, such as the John Charles Centre for Sport and Leeds Metropolitan
University's Headingley campus.
Other stop-off points included Roundhay Park and Millennium Square, which could be turned into 'Fan Fest' sites where live games would be shown on giant TV screens.
Leeds is one of 15 English cities which are competing for the right to stage matches in 2018.
The FA is due to announce the successful candidates before the end of the year.
World football's governing body, Fifa, will choose the 2018 host nation about 12 months later.
Leeds's bid is being spearheaded by the city council, Leeds United and
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Leeds steps up bid to be part of 2018 World Cup
08 September 2009
FOOTBALL fever broke out in Leeds as the city stepped up its campaign to be part of the 2018 World Cup.
Delegates from England 2018 were in Yorkshire's unofficial capital yesterday to check out its suitability as a venue for World Cup matches.
Set up by the Football Association, England 2018 is spearheading the country's bid to host the global football extravaganza in nine years' time.
And civic leaders are confident the delegates went away impressed after a day when even Mother Nature smiled on Leeds's World Cup dream.
Heavy rain had been forecast but instead the VIP guests were greeted by sunshine and blue skies as a mini festival of football was held for their benefit in Millennium Square.
Fun attractions included a match involving mascots from several local clubs, including Leeds United's Lucas the Kop Cat.
The delegates were also given a presentation in Leeds City Museum, which is currently playing host to acclaimed football exhibition A Game of Two Halves.
Afterwards they toured locations such as Garforth Town's Genix Healthcare ground, which could be used as a training facility for teams based in the city in 2018.
The itinerary also included a visit to Roundhay Park, earmarked as a potential 'fan fest' site where live games would be shown on giant TV screens during the tournament.
Leeds City Council's joint leader, Coun Andrew Carter, said: "Hosting World Cup games attracts massive investment in terms of jobs and tourist spending.
"People would think we were mad if we weren't very, very serious about getting involved."
Leeds United legend Eddie Gray said: "This is a vibrant, welcoming city - bringing the World Cup here would be fantastic."
Leeds is among more than a dozen English cities competing for the right to stage matches in 2018.
The bid is being led by the city council, Marketing Leeds and Leeds United.
If the World Cup ends up coming to Leeds, games would be played at United's Elland Road ground.
The FA is due to announce in December which cities will be included in England's formal bid to stage the 2018 tournament.
World soccer's governing body, Fifa, will reveal its chosen host country 12 months later.
To register your support for Leeds, visit the www.backthebidleeds.com website.
Surely Leeds must have a strong chance of being one of a dozen potential host stadia when the decision is made to choose the stadia used in the 2018 World Cup bid.Positive feedback after 2018 World Cup panel visits Leeds
Eddie Gray (left) and Andrew Carter joint leader Leeds City Council backing the Leeds bid for the World Cup.
Date: 24 September 2009
By Paul Robinson
WE had a ball – that's the encouraging verdict of England's World Cup 2018 decision-makers on their recent visit to Leeds.
A delegation from England 2018 was in the city earlier this month to assess its suitability as a venue for World Cup matches.
And its representatives came away impressed, not only by the quality of Leeds's sporting facilities but also the passion of its people for the beautiful game.
A spokesman for the Leeds bid team said today: "(The delegation's] inspection report confirmed that the visit provided a good overview of the city's offer and demonstrated the desire of the city and partners to host the World Cup."
The spokesman also said a letter from England 2018 had complimented the "highly professional" approach adopted by Leeds during the inspection.
Set up by the Football Association, England 2018 is leading the country's bid to host the World Cup in nine years' time.
Its delegation's itinerary on September 7 included a visit to Roundhay Park, earmarked as a potential 'fan fest' site where live games could be shown on giant screens. The guests were also given a presentation at Leeds City Museum and treated to a festival of football display in Millennium Square.
Leeds's bid to join the World Cup party is being spearheaded by the city council, Marketing Leeds and Leeds United.
If the global soccer jamboree ends up coming to West Yorkshire, games would be played at United's Elland Road ground.
The Football Association is due to announce in December which cities will be included in England's formal 2018 bid.
Leeds is among more than a dozen places which have thrown their hats into the ring.
World soccer's governing body, Fifa, will reveal its chosen host country in late 2010.
To register your support for Leeds, visit the www.backthe bidleeds.com website.
I'd love to share your enthusiasm Rob but I feel that Sheffield are making the right kind of noises and I understand that Sheff Utd are pushing to develop Bramall Lane with this in mind and could be a premiership outfit when the shake up comes.I'm fairly confident Leeds will be chosen by the FA as one of the host cities, the bigger question is will England be chosen by FIFA to host the wold cup?
How many cities/stadium are to be chosen, is that figure public yet?Both Leeds and Sheffield could be chosen. I don't think it's necessarily one or the other.
Of course. Fingers crossed. :cheers:A Leeds City Council document posted here said that they were looking at 12 venues, of which 2 or 3 would be in London, leaving 9 or 10 cities (not stadiums) which will be selected later this year
I'm pretty confident Leeds will get the nod. Some of the bids are no-hopers and with places like Leicester, Derby AND Nottingham bidding, you have to expect 1 or 2 of them to fall by the wayside, no offence to them cities
The ownership of the ground will probably be an issue - not that the club or council have said so - and one of the things the FA are looking for is the support of the local community which, knowing how apathetic people round here are, we might struggle to convince them of
Like Rob, I think the bigger question is whether or not England gets it
What about the fact Elland Road lies right next door to the M621 motorway and in close proximity to the Wakefield Line for a potential railway station to serve the stadium and there have been plenty of stadia used in previous tournaments which have been used despite hosting a team (or in the case of USA 94 no "association" football whatsoever) which is not in the top flight?I'd love to share your enthusiasm Rob but I feel that Sheffield are making the right kind of noises and I understand that Sheff Utd are pushing to develop Bramall Lane with this in mind and could be a premiership outfit when the shake up comes.
Elland Rd isn't owed by LUFC, Mr Bates isn't popular, no premiership football, terrible transport links and the surroundng area isn't exactly inspiring (I mean the empty land not the estate).
I fear that despite the intent from LUFC and LCC the decision for this may come a few years too early for Leeds.
Isn't there strong rumours that Twickenham could be used (in addition to Wembley and the Emirates) considering it's 82,000 capacity, although surely I would personally not like to see a load of stadia in London at the expense of other parts of the country and would it be possible to see two stadia used in Manchester considering the expansion plans for both Old Trafford and the City of Manchester Stadium?Somewhat amazingly, Liverpool might struggle to deliver a suitable stadium by 2018, but I can't see them missing out so I'd count them as a definite with Manchester, Newcastle and London. Barring a disaster, Villa should be OK. So that's 5 or 6 places left and I reckon you can bin Milton Keynes, Plymouth and Hull (my opinion, sorry)
From that list you can lose at least one E Mids city, leaving 5 or 6 from 7.
-Sunderland already have the stadium, but it's the city bidding and two NE venues would leave the region over-represented.
-Bristol has a geographical advantage and I'm led to believe the new stadium's a goer, despite football not being massively popular down there.
-Pompey are in a bit of trouble and chances are they'll be relegated in 9 months time.
-Leeds are making big money again, have ambitious plans for the stadium and seem to be on the up, but don't own the ground.
There's a lot to consider but we're well placed in terms of the city and, given a decent team and a non-reptilian money-grabbing chairman, have shown we have the support to sustain a large ground. Ditto Sheff Weds. I'm pretty confident Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol will bag 3 of the 5 or 6 places left, but we'll see
Is it definate that the limit for stadia to be used for the World Cup will be 12 with no chance of an increase to 14, 15 or 16?Birmingham: Expanded Villa Park
Bristol: New Bristol City Stadium
Leeds: Expanded Elland Road
Liverpool: New or expanded Anfield
Manchester: Expanded City of Manchester Stadium
Manchester (Salford / Trafford): Old Trafford (could OT host the opening game as opposed to Wembley considering the opening venues in the last two world cups were held in different cities to that in the final especially as it could see an expansion up to 96,000 seats?)
Newcastle: St James's Park
Nottingham: New or expanded City Ground
Portsmouth: New or expanded Fratton Park
Sheffield: Either an expanded Brammall Lane, expanded Hillsborough or perhaps the Don Valley or an all new stadium.
It's just the cities being considered at the moment. Sheffield has actually put forward 3 stadiums, the other being the Don ValleyAs for Sheffield surely there is the issue that it still isn't clear which of Hillsborough or Brammall Lane will host games for 2018 or 2022 considering I surely can't see both being used.
Tottenham and the Olympics stadium are in the London bid too. FIFA haven't yet allowed more than one city to have more than one venue at a World Cup, but I don't see why cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield couldn't spread their allocated games across two or more venues, provided the tournament as a whole meets FIFA's geographic spread requirementIsn't there strong rumours that Twickenham could be used (in addition to Wembley and the Emirates) considering it's 82,000 capacity, although surely I would personally not like to see a load of stadia in London at the expense of other parts of the country and would it be possible to see two stadia used in Manchester considering the expansion plans for both Old Trafford and the City of Manchester Stadium?
Anfield currently doesn't meet the minimum FIFA requirements. Liverpool will either need to bring Anfield up to scratch or build a new stadium if the city is to stage games. I guess the problem they might have is if the new stadium is still going ahead, but not ready by 2018 (or 2022), raising the funds to build a big cantilevered roof for Anfield, which will be demolished shortly after, might be tricky. But I can't see an England World Cup with its most famous footballing city not at the partyAs for Liverpool would Anfield with it's 45,000 capacity could still be used, although I guess it's capacity would limit the ground to earlier stages of the tournament (unless the new Stanley Park and Kirkby stadia are both developed which I guess whichever stadia is larger by 2018 would be used for the tournament).
So in order for Leeds to be able to support a sucessful bid then LCC would have to buy ER back, somehow fund huge improvements to the stadium, buy land nearby and at least partly fund the rail improvements required to build a station and the link to it and thats just for starters.What about the fact Elland Road lies right next door to the M621 motorway and in close proximity to the Wakefield Line for a potential railway station to serve the stadium and there have been plenty of stadia used in previous tournaments which have been used despite hosting a team (or in the case of USA 94 no "association" football whatsoever) which is not in the top flight?
Well first up there's no need for a rail linkSo in order for Leeds to be able to support a sucessful bid then LCC would have to buy ER back, somehow fund huge improvements to the stadium, buy land nearby and at least partly fund the rail improvements required to build a station and the link to it and thats just for starters.
More so than the competing bidders? The Sheffield clubs will need to find the cash too. Bristol, Portsmouth and Nottingham need brand new grounds. Derby and Leicester are way off yet and Sunderland? Well, it's Sunderland! Is Milton Keynes more likely to build a 50k stadium, or the city who has the 5th best supported club of the modern era and who, but for gross mismanagement, would already be playing in a suitable stadium?Don't get me wrong, i'd love to see it, but it sounds like a complete fantasy to me.