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    Yes, all three hosts qualify.

    WOM, before you go wild at Costco, you should know that Canada is only getting 10 matches, and that BMO Field is by some distance the smallest of the three Canadian venues (the Big O and Commonwealth in Edmonton being the others).

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    What are the prospective venues/match allocations then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ursus arctos View Post
    Yes, all three hosts qualify.

    WOM, before you go wild at Costco, you should know that Canada is only getting 10 matches, and that BMO Field is by some distance the smallest of the three Canadian venues (the Big O and Commonwealth in Edmonton being the others).
    They were saying on CBC Sports that BMO field might be expandable to 45,000 in a pinch, but it'll be tough going. Skydome/Rogers Centre will seat more (I think), but I don't even think it's possible with artificial turf. Or is it?

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    The expansion of BMO is part of the bid, but yes, the choice of BMO over SkyDome was largely based on turf (the Big O and Edmonton agreed to put in grass fields for the tournament, the Jays thought it wouldn't work, even if the availability issues were solved).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Бога Нет View Post
    What are the prospective venues/match allocations then?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada...tential_venues

    The official bid has proposed the "main" opening match be held in either the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City or at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area, that all three host countries' teams would host their first matches on the first day of the tournament and that the final match be held at MetLife Stadium in the New York City area. The bid also proposed that the two semi-final matches would be held at AT&T Stadium in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. All of the other cities in the American portion of the bid are under consideration for quarter-final matches. The bid book proposal calls for Mexico and Canada to each host seven group-stage games, two matches in the round of 32, and one in the round of 16.

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    How many places had CONCACAF been allocated in the expanded 48 team tournament? I'm assuming now that they lose 2 of those as there'll be 3 hosts not 1? Could make qualification quite a scramble if it's for eg 2.5 places.

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    They had six, they now have 3.5 (the 0.5 being contested in a play off tournament in which two teams qualify from a field of six (one from each non-UEFA confederation, and an extra one from CONCACAF, as host confederation)).

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    They should knock it back to 16 teams and have the whole thing in SoCal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOM View Post
    Basement for Rent.
    Same. I'm not near a venue but well placed for cheap accommodations within an afternoon's drive of several.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOM View Post
    Basement for Rent.
    Stadia to rent. Sans parking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ursus arctos View Post
    The expansion of BMO is part of the bid, but yes, the choice of BMO over SkyDome was largely based on turf (the Big O and Edmonton agreed to put in grass fields for the tournament, the Jays thought it wouldn't work, even if the availability issues were solved).
    The Jays are working on putting in grass, but I'm not sure if or when that will happen. It would certainly be possible to put in grass for one or two games - easier than expanding BMO, I'd think - but I suppose the Jays didn't see the value in having to vacate their park in the middle of the season for however many days.

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    Worth mentioning that BMO is a much better place to watch a game

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    Very much so.

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    "Best place to watch a game" doesn't factor into FIFA's thinking, because its not likely to have much impact on ticket sales.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the maximum possible ticket revenue from an expanded BMO isn't at least as high as SkyDome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    They should knock it back to 16 teams and have the whole thing in SoCal.
    I'm totally on board with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    They should knock it back to 16 teams and have the whole thing in SoCal.
    Works for me.

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    I'm not a fan of some of the choices for the US cities. Nashville and not San Diego or Phoenix? Baltimore AND Washington DC?

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    I'm surprised that San Diego isn't getting games, but we don't have great stadium choices apart from Petco - which is usually in use during the summer. Qualcomm's obsolete and probably getting torn down. Maybe they're putting the region's games in Tijuana?

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    Not a venue

    The Mexican cities are Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara

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    The Xolos stadium, Estadio Caliente, isn't that much bigger than an MLS stadium, and I'm guessing that they thought that Tijuana's reputation might have scared people away.

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    Nothing should be held in Phoenix in the summer. We don't need England fans dying of heatstroke.

    Cool to see the Rose Bowl and the Citrus Bowl make it from 1994.

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    Canada and Mexico are only getting ten matches each.

    There just aren't near enough matches for them too doread them around

    Of course the Citrus Bowl was responsible for dozens of cases of heat exhaustion among the Irish export

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    Citrus bowl was full of ginger gobshites drinking for 12 hours before the game and sitting in the open without a hat or sunscreen,any games in Seattle which is the only place I know I'd get a sofa to sleep on

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