Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gold Cup venues announced

We've been waiting for what seems like years in breathless anticipation of the announcement of the host cities for the 2011 Gold Cup. Today was the sweet release, because the announcement finally came.

In a bold move, instead of actually selecting cities and stadia, tournament organizers have decided to hold matches in every city in America.

This, of course, is not quite true, but I think you'll agree that the notion of holding a 12-team tournament in 13 different stadia is patently ridiculous. Throw in the fact that stadia are in some instances several thousand kilometres and a continent apart, and you have the makings of a travel nightmare for the teams.

The only more nightmarish travel scenario would be me trying to get to one of the games. Here are the host cities, and driving distance from my home:

Ford Field Detroit 1842
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte 2623
Raymond James Stadium Tampa 3257
KC Soccer Stadium Kansas City 1324
Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX 2075
Home Depot Center Carson, CA 2479
FIU Stadium Miami 3046
Soldier Field Chicago 1395
Red Bull Arena Harrison, NJ 2644
New Meadowlands Stadium East Rutherford, NJ 2655
RFK Stadium Washington, DC 2526
Reliant Stadium Houston 2481
Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 3202

I guess I'll be sitting this one out.

1 comment:

Concacaf Tickets said...

The KC Soccer Stadium is gonna host a grand match right after it's grand opening on June 9th. It's gonna host the Panama vs. Canada and USA vs. Guadeloupe matches on 14th of June. Don't miss the fun & Don't miss to explore the stadium. :-)