The penultimate inspection visit of the nine Bidding Countries for the FIFA World Cups™ of 2018 and 2022 came to a conclusion in Houston on Thursday evening after three days in the USA.
"We have been impressed by the standards of service and technology in the stadiums and we have seen a very strong commitment by the candidate cities and communities", said Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of the six-strong FIFA delegation.
The group toured five of the 18 proposed candidate cities: New York, Washington, Miami, Dallas and Houston. The agenda included five stadium visits, a meeting at the White House with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Jim Messina, Deputy Chief of Staff, inspections of various exhibition and conference centres as well as hotels.
"If we would be awarded to host the FIFA World Cup, one can expect a few records to be broken, including a new record of spectators - due to the size of our stadiums", emphasised Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the Bidding Committee and President of US Soccer.
The last of the nine inspection visits to bidding nations for the FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022 will take place next week, from Tuesday to Friday in Qatar.