Wednesday, June 3, 2009

World Cup in Cincinnati? Worth Going For

26 billion viewers across the globe. Four to six games--all sold out. Three weeks of hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the county and the world. A huge economic impact.

That could all take place in Cincinnati/Hamilton County in 2018 if we get the job done.

Hamilton County submitted our initial interest in being one of the sites for soccer's World Cup with the USA Bid Committee. We will put together a working committee to more intensely assess and pursue the opportunity, and the Bengals, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and City of Cincinnati have already agreed to take part.

It's a long time from now, and there will definitely be a competition to get there--but it's also a huge opportunity. More to come.

5 comments:

Stephen JohnsonGrove said...

That would be incredible! Nice work! Hope we get it!

Anonymous said...

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/popclockworld.html
I'm assuming you meant to say 26 million viewers. That being said, the economic impact here would be staggering. Here's to hoping that some "just-say-no" idiot doesn't come up with a reason not to do this...

jfguerra said...

to Anonymous. I think he did mean 26 BILLION. That is the combined number of people that watch the World Cup tournament over a period of 4 weeks. So we wouldn't get all 26 billion...but Cincinnati would get the visibility nonetheless since the entire world would be aware that games were being played in this city.

Anonymous said...

I think it is a fabulous idea. The economic benefits would be substantial, not to mention how much fun it would be to have such a large group of international fans in our city.

Anonymous said...

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