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The world 'could' be watching Portsmouth!

The world 'could' be watching Portsmouth!

Portsmouth as a world cup host city, why not?

But for me our chances of this actually happening seem to be drifting away, but more worryingly, or should I say disappointingly we seem to be letting it...

Whilst other host city applicants are in 'full flow' with their proposals, ours, on the face of it, seems to be very static! You look around and there seems no, or at least very little, support for this, if you did not already know we had applied for this would you even know? Those that heard of this back along have now probably already forgotten!

Portsmouth is not a million miles away from being ready - our main advantage, Lord Triesman, we know that he is keen on the world cup being in our part of the world so lets push on.

We cannot delay until next week, next month or next year, as we do not have the time! Decisions are made later this year, so our time to impress is running out!

We have got the transport links, the ferry port, trains and an airport in neighbouring Eastleigh - or Southampton if we must - so we are well set up. We have plenty of hotels and the space to build more, plus the room to build temporary 'camp sites' for fans.

The FA are prepared to help us with a new stadium, if not fund it entirely, although if we pull our finger out and finally get Fratton Park redeveloped - for this we need to stop the poxy talking and do it - it is not inconceivable that Fratton itself could be used as we 'might' be able to reach the 40,000 capacity that is needed to fit the bill?

Also, the 'proposed' training complex would offer fantastic facilities to nations, facilities that the world would want to use - assuming of course they came up to scratch and lived up to the expectations promised...

What a boost the economy would get if Portsmouth was selected as a host city, so why are we not uprooting trees in support of this and really pushing forward Portsmouth's claims to get the world cup in our city? Or at least as a host city should the 2018 world cup bid be successful, which it may well not be, we cannot just assume it will!

Portsmouth will not have a better chance of getting on the world map than we 'potentially' have now. Being a host city for the world cup finals, and the world cup is the biggest and best global phenomenon there is, would literally mean the world is watching us! This is our time; lets not pass it by...

Do we want to be a host city or not - if so lets start acting like it!

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I am told that: 'we hosted the 2nd preliminary bid meeting on Friday, which went very well.'

So, a step in the right direction...

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Date:Monday September 7 2009
Time: 11:29AM

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Well said Rug ! I was cycling around the Island the other day, just after the "committee" had visited our fair city, and saw a rather tatty and uninspiring few banners draped around Eastney Baths backing the bid, but hopefully our Council and the associated "Team" that are leading this campaign did a better job of persuading them. SAF and the board need to push on with this, but I think achieving it at Fratton Park (as much as we would wish it) is simply not possible..(I think Gaydaddymak has already sold the carpark to Tesco anyway), and therefore think that a new stadium at Horsea is the only way we will achieve it.
07/09/2009 11:53:00
Barney doubt they would have passed Eastney baths in fact doubt many know where they are!! Must be a new stadium as the infrastructure at FP would never meet the criteria.
07/09/2009 12:15:00
Don't forget to register your support for the city's bid at It all helps!
07/09/2009 12:36:00
Council meeting today to discuss sliproads on and off M275 for the new houses and a new roundabout at Tipner. Surely this would be the ideal time to jump on the back of those plans, and incorporate the New Ground, the New indoor arena, The New Casino, and the New Hotels... It would mean we get the ground, and the City get the World Cup.
07/09/2009 13:58:00
S I M P L E S ! ! !
07/09/2009 13:58:00
Midge, are you expecting our Council to have joined up thinking ??!! Are you forgetting the Spinnaker Tower, Northern Quarter, Ikea, and oh so many other calamitous (non) decisions by our fair-weather council....But you're right.
07/09/2009 14:21:00
This can only happen if we have the new stadium. It makes me cross to think that the Pyramids Centere was built by PCC and then leased out to a private company. It was revealed last year that the pool facilities are frequented by about 1500 mums and toddlers a year (if that). And on the strength of that,they have decided to keep the Pyramids going. Football, on the other hand, appeals to a far wider audience and brings in revenue and recognition to the City and yet PCC put their hands in their pockets for absolutely nothing. Its about time they coughed up and contributed something towards the building of the new stadium.
07/09/2009 22:56:00
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