This I remember from newspaper traffic in Dallas from 2 years ago:
A FIFA delegation visited several eagerly tongue-out-pretty-please-would-
you-wouldja-please-select-me stadia in 1986. They include:
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Orange Bowl, Miami
Stanford Stadium, San Francisco (1st order approx, pal...)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Detroit
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Rose Bowl, San Francisco
Olympic Stadium, Los Angelese
Bronco Bowl, Denver
Shea Stadium, New York City
Soldiers' Field, Chicago
Bush Stadium/Washington University (2 facilities), St. Louis
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Ohio State University football stadium, Greater Cincinnati (smirk)
Some of these places may have astro, I don't recall, but at least one with
astro said it would put in grass for FIFA! Don't remember which one. Is
that, like, temporary sanity, profit motivated, or suburban style 2-inches?...
Thre are others, but I forgot them. Maybe Rutherford and Cornell, both
Eastern Pennsylvania (smirking...).
Are these good stadia? Every one of them meets or exceeds 90% of the stadia
used before for capacity and all 100% are superior with respect to parking
(smirk) and hot dogs (double smirk). The United States has the best athletic
facilties in futball int he world, Brazil included. I am serious. Ever
seen the movie True Stories? I mean the construction angle in it...
Fans: I don't knwo what you snotty Europeans think about us Americans
(wowo, how luxurious of me, Warsaw, Poland, 1959) but us 'mericans
even come out in force to see your lousier scummier teams play badly
for lots of money here, as in Manchester United vs. Santos, and
suddenly we all have drums or at least Union Jacks and smile and talk
manically and scream AT THE LINESMEN (we know who they are and why
they are out there, really!: to dissallow good goals and overlook bad
ones, in accordance with local custom and arrangements and or
perception) and then we claim to be English or at least Argentinian
(smirk) as oppose to Cubs or Reds as we do at all other times. Add to
that our fathers and mothers who actually HAVE that Eintracht : Real
game emblazoned on their cortex from the little balck and white TV in
the Old-Country those many years ago and are fiercely and fearsomely
ON TOP OF THE LATEST OFF SIDE RULE and have been so for the last 37
years... and waiting for htis moment to remember their youth.
So. Bug off. America is a great place to host WC and we will show you,
just come on down. An Italian national team playing against West Germany
in Brooklyn is in Italy as is (by then) Germany. Best of both worlds, and
afterwards you can have the best Chinese/French/Ethiopian food on the planet.
Nuff said. Come on down and leave them hooligans in the car. Someone has
to protect the radio in the caaah from the business-minded 'mericans who
just sold you the ticket int eh parking lot...
claimer: the above is 100% factual.