Monterrey’s Parque Fundidora provided the setting for Thursday’s presentation of the city as one of the venues of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011. The competition, which runs from 18 June to 10 July, will be staged in seven different venues across the country.
As well as Monterrey, the cities of Morelia, Torreon, Pachuca, Queretaro and Guadalajara will all be hosting games along with Mexico City, where the Estadio Azteca will provide the setting for the final and the match for third place.
The Monterrey Local Organising Committee is chaired by Rodrigo Medina, the Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon, who restated his personal commitment to the tournament and his belief in its success: “The people of Monterrey always respond and especially for sporting events of this scale.”
Justino Compean, President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011, was equally enthusiastic about the tournament: “It's important to show the world that football is still a family entertainment in Mexico, where boys, girls, women and even the elderly can come and enjoy the party.”
Alejandro Rodriguez, the Director of the Monterrey LOC commented that he was proud of the gradual improvements that have been made at the Estadio Universitario, which will be in prime condition when it hosts the city’s matches. “The people of Nuevo Leon have stuck to their task and shown great dedication,” he added. “Their industry and desire to move forward is an example to the rest of the country.”
Also speaking at the ceremony was LOC member Decio de Maria, who stressed the importance of the FIFA U-17 Cup to the future of the world game. “This event takes place every two years and is a breeding ground for the global stars of tomorrow,” he said.
As Thursday’s unveiling in Monterrey showed, Mexico is looking forward to welcoming the rest of the football world to its shores for the first time in 25 years. And if the enthusiasm of the Monterrey LOC is anything to go by, the 24 teams taking part in the event can expect quite a celebration.