logoThe start of the FIFA World Cup means fans across the world eagerly cheering their favorite teams, but for the Tampa Bay area, it also means the start of Tampa’s bid to host the international tournament in 2018 or 2022.

According to an article on myfoxtampabay.com, city leaders have already begun working to bring the World Cup games to Raymond James Stadium. The stadium, only 35 minutes from Seven Oaks, would provide residents with direct access to the games and excitement.

When taking a break from cheering on their favorite team, residents of Seven Oaks have the opportunity to stay active at the community’s lighted tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools and sand volleyball court.

As the 19th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, Tampa is a city that is familiar with holding large events. Slated to host the 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa is also being considered as the host site of a future Super Bowl (the city hosted the 2001 and 2009 Super Bowls.)

Hosting the World Cup would mean great economic impact on the Tampa Bay area with hundreds of new jobs created. There would be at least four games at Tampa, and the USA bid committee estimates an economic impact of 100 million dollars per game. The Tampa Host Committee is asking residents to sign an online petition to vote for Tampa Bay–World Cup Organizers use the votes to measure community support.

If Tampa is elected to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup games, would you support this choice? Why or why not?

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