Seattle civic and sports leaders wasted little time Wednesday getting out in front of an issue looming as perhaps the city’s biggest hurdle in landing some FIFA World Cup 2026 games. At an afternoon press conference featuring, among others, Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine, the talk quickly turned to the FieldTurf surface at CenturyLink Field. The field must be replaced by natural grass for the tournament as required by world soccer’s governing body FIFA, a potential deterrent in the selection process ahead of the list of host city candidates being narrowed from 23 to 16. Fred Mendoza, chairman of the Washington State Public Stadium Authority overseeing CenturyLink Field, was the first to bring up the turf, unprompted, in trumpeting how the Seahawks and Sounders home has long been much more than just an NFL venue. “CenturyLink Field was intentionally designed and constructed for World Cup … [Read more...] about Seattle may host some 2026 FIFA World Cup games as North America wins bid
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LONDON - The culmination of the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States set a new record for tweets per second, eclipsing recent news events such as the wedding of Prince William and Kate and the death of Osama bin Laden. Japan twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with the U.S. after extra time before winning a penalty shootout on Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany, and lifting the trophy for the first time. PHOTOS: Team USA at the Women's World Cup The exciting climax drew 7,196 tweets per second, according to Twitter. Paraguay's penalty shootout win over Brazil in a Copa America quarterfinal later the same day came close to beating it with 7,166 and is now second on the list. The previous record of 6,939 was set just after midnight in Japan on New Year's Day. Other spikes include bin Laden's death (5,106 per second) and the Super Bowl in February (4,064). Spain's World Cup win over the Netherlands in July 2010 managed a high of 3,051, although the record for the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Women’s World Cup final breaks Twitter record
Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision. The month-long World Cup also was responsible for more than 3 billion interactions on Facebook and 672 million messages on Twitter, the social media companies said on Monday. An estimated 26.5 million people in the U.S. watched Germany's extra-time win on Sunday afternoon, the Nielsen company said. The game had 17.3 million viewers on ABC and another 9.2 million on the Spanish-language Univision. In addition, just over 750,000 people were watching the game during a typical minute online through services provided by each network. The 2010 finale between Spain and the Netherlands, along with the U.S. team's 2-2 draw against Portugal earlier in this year's tournament, both had 24.7 million viewers. Given the growing interest in the tournament as it went along, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo World Cup final watched by more than 26 million in U.S.
Soldier Field, which hosted this Copa America Centenario match in 2016, won’t have a similar sight should North America land the World Cup in 2026.(Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press) The North American campaign to host the 2026 World Cup will submit its formal bid Friday without two high-profile cities, Chicago and Vancouver, which withdrew because of financial concerns. The effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico is locked in a tight race with Morocco ahead of FIFA’s vote June 13 in Moscow. The number of qualified venues speaks to the bid’s strengths. But the absence of Chicago — the third-largest U.S. market and home to the U.S. Soccer Federation — and Vancouver — Canada’s Pacific jewel and site of the 2015 Women’s World Cup final — stood out when the list of potential cities was trimmed to 23 from 32 on Thursday. Both were stronger contenders to make the final cut and host matches. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s … [Read more...] about Two major cities drop out of North America’s 2026 World Cup bid
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — South America's most prestigious club tournament will follow the European model in 2019 and have a single final match at a host city still to be chosen. The main council of South America's football confederation Conmebol approved the change Friday for the next edition of the Copa Libertadores. Currently the final of the tournament is played in two legs on Wednesday nights. The 2019 final will be played on a Saturday night. "More than a match, this will be a great sporting, cultural and touristic event that will bring benefit to South American football, clubs and fans," Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez said in a statement. Conmebol also said it will work with consultancy firm IMG & Perform to choose the host city for the 2019 final. … [Read more...] about Copa Libertadores final to be played in single match in 2019