(SAN DIEGO) At 10 a.m., Mayor Jerry Sanders along with representatives of the local tourism industry and soccer organizations will announce San Diego’s bid to become a host city for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 – the two years for which tournament organizers are currently choosing host nations. San Diego will be one of 27 host cities being considered should the World Cup return to the US. The tournament was last played in the US in 1994.
On November 12, the City News Service reported that a recent report made to the City Council found holding a World Cup in the U.S. would generate a $350-500 million economic impact for each host city and a $6.4 billion economic benefit nationally.
San Diegans will soon be encouraged to sign an online petition, which is critical to San Diego’s bid to become a host city.