Now that the vuvuzelas have died down and Paul the psychic octopus will retire after correctly predicting the results of many matches, including Spain’s 1-0 defeat of the Netherlands in yesterday’s World Cup finale, all eyes turn to the ultimate party country, Brazil, which will host the next Cup four years from now.
But what about four years after that—in 2018? Perhaps all those soccer fans watching from pubs and bars downtown yesterday will bode well for Denver.
The United States is among the countries vying to host the Cup in 2018, and the Metro Denver Sports Commission is campaigning hard for it. Local officials are set to meet with inspectors for world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, in New York in early September, according to 9News.
Bringing Cup games to Denver, of course, would be a big boost for Denver’s economy—up to $500 million.
“I think the most important thing we can do right now is to rally the support. I think we have all of the elements necessary to be a host city and everybody knows that, but we really need to show the enthusiasm and support,” says Kieann Brownell, president of the commission.
To vote for Denver to host the World Cup, visit denversports.org.
One likely supporter is Pele Sports, an international, start-up gear supplier that bases its North American operations in Aspen (via The Denver Post).
Meanwhile, a more traditional event in Colorado, the Greeley Stampede, has faced some tough financial times in recent years, including this one, reports the Tribune. So, if you’ve been thinking of going, the Stampede would love to see you.