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When my buddy and I went to a game at Wrigley Field a few years ago, all the locals were saying how 98 degrees was "oppressive".....

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98 with humidity can feel pretty bad if it hits you after a stretch of mild temperatures. I don't mind that kind of heat at all, though, honestly. I'd rather be too hot than too cold. If you're hot, you just drink fluids and sweat. If you're cold, you suffer.

People suggesting World Cup games in Phoenix: um, hello, the whole point of this exercise is not to have the tournament ruined by violent religious desert people who hate cultures that are not their own.

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People suggesting World Cup games in Phoenix: um, hello, the whole point of this exercise is not to have the tournament ruined by violent religious desert people who hate cultures that are not their own.

I was afraid of being yelled at, but the list omitted the likes of Boston, one of Columbus/Cleveland/Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh... not everything has to be where David Beckham lived, played, or partied.

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Atlanta and Orlando in July? Why don't I just crawl up a fat guy's ass?

Not any different from Miami, Dallas, or Houston...three cities you selected as sites.

Can't really avoid "hot" in the US during the summer. All cities get pretty warm. You can play games either in the evening or day games in domed buildings.

Well outside Phoenix hot is relative. It's regular hot (ie: 80's-90's during the day), not 125 degrees hot.

/BUT IT'S A DRY HEAT!

//The average high in Phoenix in June and July is 103 and 106 respectively.

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I was afraid of being yelled at, but the list omitted the likes of Boston, one of Columbus/Cleveland/Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh... not everything has to be where David Beckham lived, played, or partied.

I said earlier that I omitted Boston because Foxborough is so far from the city and so unimpressive. Were there a stadium within even a ten-mile radius (which turns out to be roughly the I-95/Route 128 beltway), sure, but shuttling people halfway to Providence and back doesn't seem like something you want to show off to the world. I realize there's the same problem with Lego Stadium, but hey, who knows, maybe Oakland gets something built by 2022 and we don't have to exile tourists to Santa Clara.

I don't know whether Ford Field can sustain natural grass, so I left it off. Also, Detroit doesn't seem like something you want to show off to the world. Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, we can do better -- and I like Pittsburgh.

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Seems to have detracted a little from the actual Fifa corruption news thread to what stadiums could possibly be used. So to bring it back round a little

Fifa have stated that he bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been postponed amid allegations around the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said it was "a nonsense" to begin the process in the current climate.

The vote to decide who will host the 2026 World Cup is due to take place in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.

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Seems to have detracted a little from the actual Fifa corruption news thread to what stadiums could possibly be used. So to bring it back round a little

Fifa have stated that he bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been postponed amid allegations around the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said it was "a nonsense" to begin the process in the current climate.

The vote to decide who will host the 2026 World Cup is due to take place in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.

Interesting. And definitely a good idea; they still need to resolve where the next two World Cups will be played first.

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98 with humidity can feel pretty bad if it hits you after a stretch of mild temperatures. I don't mind that kind of heat at all, though, honestly. I'd rather be too hot than too cold. If you're hot, you just drink fluids and sweat. If you're cold, you suffer.

People suggesting World Cup games in Phoenix: um, hello, the whole point of this exercise is not to have the tournament ruined by violent religious desert people who hate cultures that are not their own.

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Seems to have detracted a little from the actual Fifa corruption news thread to what stadiums could possibly be used. So to bring it back round a little

Fifa have stated that he bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been postponed amid allegations around the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said it was "a nonsense" to begin the process in the current climate.

The vote to decide who will host the 2026 World Cup is due to take place in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.

Interesting. And definitely a good idea; they still need to resolve where the next two World Cups will be played first.

That was my take as well. They aren't going to eat up host countries like the US on the 2026 bid until they know for sure whether they're going to need them for 2022 or even 2018 depending on what the corruption findings are when this all shakes out.

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I apologize for re-hashing the Chicago stadium selection debate from a couple pages back, but doing some research for a personal project I was doing several years ago, I had found a guide FIFA publishes on all sorts of crap that is required of a facility to host a top flight international match. There is a section devoted to the event level, detailing minimum dimensions of the playing field, distances to advertising boards, then to the seating bowl walls. Using this photo as a basis:

The_Refurbished_Soldier_Field.jpg

Soldier Field's event level is way too small to meet the minimum dimensions. Regs state that a field must be 74 yards wide, and provide roughly, a 9.5 yard buffer from the corner flag to the walls. In soccer the eighteen yard box is 44 yards wide, and if you look at the photo above there is a hash mark below the end line just outside the penalty area to either side, this hash mark denotes a ten yard standoff from the corner flag. Using this as a guide, you can figure that field for being about 68 yards in width, and obviously the additional space in the 'auxiliary area' as FIFA call it from the edge of the field to the stadium bowl at the flags is insufficient.

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I just really miss Candlestick, okay?

I do too my friend, I do too.

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I apologize for re-hashing the Chicago stadium selection debate from a couple pages back, but doing some research for a personal project I was doing several years ago, I had found a guide FIFA publishes on all sorts of crap that is required of a facility to host a top flight international match. There is a section devoted to the event level, detailing minimum dimensions of the playing field, distances to advertising boards, then to the seating bowl walls. Using this photo as a basis:

The_Refurbished_Soldier_Field.jpg

Soldier Field's event level is way too small to meet the minimum dimensions. Regs state that a field must be 74 yards wide, and provide roughly, a 9.5 yard buffer from the corner flag to the walls. In soccer the eighteen yard box is 44 yards wide, and if you look at the photo above there is a hash mark below the end line just outside the penalty area to either side, this hash mark denotes a ten yard standoff from the corner flag. Using this as a guide, you can figure that field for being about 68 yards in width, and obviously the additional space in the 'auxiliary area' as FIFA call it from the edge of the field to the stadium bowl at the flags is insufficient.

Most NFL stadiums would have this same problem. These are always suggestions by FIFA that can be worked around as long as there is not a significant issue. I think we'll get a better idea of how this configuration works during the ICC games next month.

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Just when you thought it was safe to say Fifa without Blatter.

But a source close to Blatter has told the BBC the Swiss could make an audacious bid to stay on if no suitable alternative candidate emerges.

"Everything is open", said the source.

Blatter will hold meetings over the coming days when he will gauge whether he still retains enough support to seek an astonishing sixth term as president.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33126284

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Just when you thought it was safe to say Fifa without Blatter.

But a source close to Blatter has told the BBC the Swiss could make an audacious bid to stay on if no suitable alternative candidate emerges.

"Everything is open", said the source.

Blatter will hold meetings over the coming days when he will gauge whether he still retains enough support to seek an astonishing sixth term as president.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33126284

He COULD want to stay on as FIFA president with hundreds of countries in his back pocket and making a ton of money?

If by some miracle Blatter doesn't stay on, he should pursue a stand-up comedy career.

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Is there a chance US soccer, UEFA (or some members) and/or CONMEBOL (or some members) drop support of FIFA if Blatter is re-elected?

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