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World Cup 2018 - Portsmouth

A brief look at what Portsmouth has to offer, or not, England as its bid to be a host city for the 2018 world cup.

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ENGLAND UNITED - THE WORLD INVITED

Following the excitement and media saturation of the July launch of England's bid to host the World Cup Finals in 2018 or 2022, it seems to have gone rather quiet. This, I am assured, is because the FA assessors are wandering the country, checking the credentials of the cities vying to be hosts to the games.

Plymouth has now been added to the original 15 cities so that the list now reads:

Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle/Gateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.

FIFA require twelve or so stadiums with a minimum of 40,000 capacity for the Group games, including two that hold 80,000 for the opening game and the Final. Generally no more than two stadiums per city are allowed (though it looks as though London might ask for special dispensation to add other grounds to Wembley and The Emirates). So, if the bid is successful, where are you likely to be watching World Cup Football? Wembley (90,000) obviously will hold the Final; the semis are likely to be at Old Trafford (76,212) and The Emirates (60,342) but the other nine grounds are harder to predict. Lord Triesman has made it obvious that he wants as wide a geographical spread as possible so distance from London is probably a plus mark. Local infrastructure will have to include training facilities, base camps and fan parks. Transport links (local, national and international) and accommodation will also be of paramount importance.

So, in no particular order, we look at the current applicants as possible venues.

And so, saving the best for last, we come to Portsmouth. Not only my birth-place, this city is steeped in history and has everything necessary to keep fans entertained between games. Positions for fan parks are numerous and obvious. Sites for base camps for visiting teams abound. Besides its naval dockyard, Portsmouth is also an international ferry port, has excellent road and rail connections and has an airport at nearby Eastleigh (sometimes called Southampton airport but not by people from Portsmouth). So is there anything that Pompey lacks………….. Oh yes, a stadium. Relocation or redevelopment of Fratton Park has been promised since the 60's and the protracted takeover of the club this summer does nothing to suggest that we are any nearer now. Plans are in place for either redevelopment or a new stadium but will it happen?

Full article: England - World Cup 2018.




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Writer: Ken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 12:35PM

Your Comments

we can drewm there will be world cup games in portsmouth. we can dream.
pompeycarpet
its a coin toss! just the coin is rigged to say "no".
pompey--pessimist
Pompey council may like to justify spending tax payers on this pointless exercise but believe me the city has as much chance of hosting world cup games in nine years as Pompey have of staying up.
The Rabbi
1. Pompey do not have and never have had the intention of building a new stadium or had any real intention of revamping Fratton park. 2. Pompey have published plans which are nothing but smokescreens to keep the Fans and Public happy. 3. PFC have refused all financial aid to revamp or rebuild the stadium by the City Council, Tesco, Joe bloggs, FA and All. 4. That is because there has never ever been any intention to do anything except get planning permission to build apartments and a supermarket, and hotel etc etc, with the proceeds going into the directors pockets, and none of the proceeds being ploughed back in to the stadiuym revamp or rebuild. 5. The city council have had to block all planning application by PFC as recently as 2 weeks ago, because PFC will not give any assurance to upgrade Fratton park now or in the future even for the World cup, the City council are now seriously worried that the World Cup bid is over. 6. If anyone at PFC would like to deny this then please publish a statement in the local newspaper as to why Fratton Park is delayed in it revamp or why no new stadium is going to be built, or if it going to built what are the conditions on that rebuild going ahead, and when is it planned to start. 7. Would Portsmouth city council like to comment as well and confirm that they have blocked al PFC building development cos no guarantee has been recieved that Fratton park wil be revamped if property development is granted. 8. World cup in Pompey = Dream on
doggo
This would need the concerted efforts of the people of Portsmouth, the City Council and PFC. Whilst I believe the people of Portsmouth have the will, the other two bodies really do not have the will. For instance in Nottingham they have two councils fighting over where to build a new stadium for Nottingham Forest that meets the criteria. Shame our council is not so committed.
bluedr
Can't we just play footie on the Common? It's such a fun place to be!
hammersmithblue
It should not be up to private enterprise alone to build us a new stadium. PCC should take some responsibility and help to do this. It will bring so much to the community, much more than the Pyramids and the Olympic size swimming pool they have built at the Mountbatten Centre. The reason they have built the pool is so that Pompey can host large swimming events, so what about football, which is much more high profile and will help to put the City on the map much quicker than swimming. And will benefit a much larger proportion of the community as well.
Gandor1
Gandor, The City Council have offered to loan the money to rebuild and or revamp Fratton Park, the Club don't want the loan as they do not wish to rebuild or do anything ever to FP except watch it crumble! Its not the council, its not the will of the people, its the football club, and until we get a new owner who actually does the deed and not just talk the talk, then what we have got is going to stay with us till it is no longer fit to host any football at any level, once that has been achieved, the city council will allow the redevelopment of the PFC land holding, and PFC will be committed to the pages of history, whilst at the same time making the board very rich people. The good thing is I know I'm right on this one, No one can disprove it. Aftert he World cup is over in 2018 I'll remind everyone of this again, nothing will have changed, and there wil be no new training ground either.
doggo
Doggo - I do hope you are wrong.,.....
Gandor1
 

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