SoccerBallBuilding.jpgIn recent angry supervisor news, care of the Examiner, Ross Mirkarimi is tackling the tough issues this city needs to be made aware of and trying to find out just why the hell San Francisco isn’t hosting the World Cup soon.

Supervisor Mirkarimi voiced his frustrations by slyly bashing other cities, (we’re looking at you, Nashville, Tampa, and St. Louis) and even wrote an angry letter questioning the aggressiveness of San Francisco’s pursuits (watch out, Australia!) but what does it mean to host such a monstrous sporting spectacle anyway?

The FIFA World Cup is like the Olympics of Soccer: everyone comes out to compete and inevitably get drunk. With great drinking, however, comes great cost. The upcoming World Cup matches in South Africa have cost the country close to $4 billion .

Is SF in the position to foot such an expensive global bill when we barely even have adequate stadiums for certain sports currently here (Sorry, ‘9ers!)? Is anyone else thinking uh oh, Athens ?


the author

Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

Please make sure your comment adheres to our comment policy. If it doesn't, it may be deleted. Repeat violations may cause us to revoke your commenting privileges. No one wants that!
  • Xenu

    These things generally turn out to be a major financial drain for the host city.

  • the_minimalist_route

    Yeah, I don’t think we have a proper venue. Stanford was used in ’94. Memorial Stadium and the Coliseum could also work, but those aren’t even in SF. Does Ross think we should use AT&T Park (too small and would interfere with the baseball season) or Candlestick (outdated enough that even the 49ers don’t want to use it)?

    Sure, people love to visit SF but in terms of putting on the actual games and the surrounding events, I don’t see why we should be ahead of Nashville, Tampa, and St. Louis.