Date:Monday September 7 2009
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!
Vote for the city of your choice at www.england2018bid.com.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
I am told that: 'we hosted the 2nd preliminary bid meeting on Friday, which went very well.'
So, a step in the right direction...
Date:Monday September 7 2009
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