World Cup joy for UK cities could boost business opportunities
The Football Association yesterday announced the 12 successful host cities of England’s 2018 World Cup bid. The cities named included Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Leeds, London, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.
If England wins the right to host the event, the cities involved could get a significant economic boost worth tens of million pounds.
Backing Newcastle’s bid is former captain Alan Shearer, who said he was “extremely proud”, while Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the club and for Tyneside.”
Liverpool’s ‘One City One Goal’ bid aims to introduce new stadia to the city, and launch a programme to encourage more people to play and coach the game. Local towns including Blackburn, Preston, Tranmere and Wigan are also lined up to take part by providing training locations.
Manchester and Sunderland, also part of the successful 12, could host games at Old Trafford and the Stadium of Light respectively.
Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn told the BBC: “I am absolutely thrilled – what a fantastic day for Sunderland and the North East. The collaboration between the city council and the football club has been seamless, with both organisations working hand in hand to demonstrate to England 2018 just why they needed Sunderland at the heart of their bid.”
Plymouth’s inclusion has boosted the club, and prompted officials to “crack on with the stadium and make the Wembley of the South West.”
Governing body Fifa will choose the host country in December 2010.