What Derby Has To Offer
From Vital England:
Derby is one of 16 cities currently vying to be one of the final 12 selected as host cities for England's world cup bid, but what does it have to offer?
We find out, as we ask MikeC what they think it can bring to the table for the world cup bid...
1) Derby has applied to be a host city, what are the pros of this?
The stadium would undergo an upgrade and with the increased capacity and also general behind the scenes improvements required to be a World Cup host city. This would also potentially provide extra jobs in terms of the peripheral extra's that come with the World Cup in terms of the fans zones, increased trade and tourism to the area.
2) And the cons?
I can't really see any cons if we were successful, this would help promote Derby as a city and the stadium as a major venue in the East Midlands not to mention bringing tourism and money to the area along with everything else that goes with being a host city for a World Cup match.
3) Is Pride Park up to the task of staging a world cup game at the moment - if not will it come 2018/2022?
At the moment I don't think Pride Park would not meet the capacity criteria but that aspect aside I don't think there is anything else lacking in the local area that would prevent a game from being staged in Derby. The suggested expansion to 40,000+ would be a major boost and the support is there to make sure this would not be wasted with 30,000+ regularly attending Pride Park even with our current struggles, imagine how many would attend if the football was actually worth watching!
4) What is Derby most famous for?
It depends who you ask, I'm sure there's a certain activity most people from outside our fair city would mention in relation to Derby! Rolls Royce has always been one of the main employers in the area making a huge contribution to the aerospace industry over the years and Royal Crown Derby apparently knock out some expensive crockery. We have the longest stone bridge in the UK just outside of Derby and.... well... I don't want to bore you any more so I'll leave it there!
5) What would it mean to you to see the world cup converge on Derby if successful?
After having grown up attending matches at the Baseball Ground it would have been unfathomable for any major sporting/football event to come to town but the move to Pride Park in 1997 has seen a full England international, a number of under 21 and this year's women`s FA Cup final all being held in Derby. Pride Park has slowly got itself noticed for hosting these events and a World Cup match would be the next step on from there.
6) Come on, hand on heart, tinted specs off, totally unbiased view will Derby be successful with the host city bid?
It's hard to say really, with the planned stadium expansion Pride Park would more than meet the criteria set for host cities and the infrastructure is in place to host major events as demonstrated in the past. I think where we might struggle is the proximity of other potential host cities in Birmingham, Nottingham and even Sheffield who all staged games when the European Championships were hosted in England in 1996 and may be viewed more favourably as they have the t-shirt already. The National Football Centre's proposed location nearby in Burton would add weight to the bid as the project now appears to be back on track and I think we stand a very good chance of hosting at least one game if decided purely on facilities rather than location and wanting to spread the games around the country.
7) Most importantly, do you think that England will be successful with the 2018/2022 world cup bid anyway?
I can't see any reason why we would not be successful with one of those bids, Euro 96 was a great success and there are a number of new or expanded stadiums that were not around then. In terms of the overall facilities we must be close to having, if not already, the best group of stadia in Europe and with the Olympics just around the corner we can show our capabilities of hosting major sporting events. The one blot on the bid is the return of trouble within the stadia that has raised it's ugly head a couple of times this season, hopefully these are isolated incidents and not that start of a return to the bad old days.
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