James Burrill Angell

January 12th, 2010 at 4:11 PM ^

don't really want the Big House used for anything but Michigan Football and graduation. I understand back when we had a grass field but with the non-killable FieldTurf, I'm a little surprised its taken this long for them to finally agree to do ANYTHING non-football related (of course referencing next winters Michigan-MSU hockey game) and I'm surprised they haven't tried a concert the way MSU is or some other large sporting event like World Cup.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

January 12th, 2010 at 4:12 PM ^

Neither Detroit nor Ann Arbor? Fuckers. *pouts* now I almost hope we don't get it and have to put up another bid later, when there's a chance people will think of the state of Michigan as "developing" instead of "third world."

FGB

January 12th, 2010 at 4:12 PM ^

that Chicago didn't make the cut. The atmosphere for Gold Cup games and qualifiers there was really good (despite the rooting interest of the large Mexican fan base, they know how to create excitement at a soccer match). Plus Soldier Field has a lot of experience hosting soccer games.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

January 12th, 2010 at 4:21 PM ^

Most ridiculous thing is that five East Coast cities within a half-day's drive of each other all get a game, but the Midwest can't get a sniff. No St. Louis, no Chicago, no Detroit, no Cleveland. Someone needs a swift kick in the pills from an angry Midwesterner.

UM Indy

January 12th, 2010 at 4:49 PM ^

Option 1 - Don't tell her you're coming.

Option 2 - The day you're supposed to visit, make the excuse that your car was blocked by a pack of wild (Brazilians, Italians, British - insert applicable crazy soccer fans here whose team is playing in Indy).

EDIT: meant as reply to above.

jmblue

January 12th, 2010 at 5:57 PM ^

Going to all that work (widening/elevating the field, putting in grass) for like three games would have been a questionable move from a cost-benefit standpoint.

jfox

January 13th, 2010 at 12:14 AM ^

But no Chicago. That is a lame plan. Baltimore and DC are way to close to be considered different areas for a World Cup hosting in America. No Chicago, the 3rd largest metro area in the country is ridiculous. Especially considering their history with soccer and the caliber of their stadium. I'm disappointed by the plan.