The people of Sheffield - 'Back our Bid'

Last updated : 01 July 2009 By Bladesmadeditor

The Council and representatives from Sheffield's 2018 Executive Group both emerged together to publicly discuss the city's chances of holding World Cup encounters in nine years time.

Sheffield United with their Bramall Lane Stadium and Sheffield Wednesday with their Hillsborough Ground have both combined together and thrown rivalry to one side to lodge a bid to the FA to confirm that Sheffield is/will be prepared for such a big event.

Sheffield City Council Leader Paul Scriven pleaded to the people of Sheffield to get behind the bid: "To have a chance for Sheffield to be part of the World Cup is an amazing opportunity for local people. I'm sure you will all be quick to get behind our bid for Sheffield to be part of this massive event and bring world class football here to our city.

"Local people like yourselves would be able to watch these prestigious matches in their own city and it would boost the local economy and local jobs by hosting events here. I'm sure that if Sheffield is chosen, you will be proud that your city is part of the action."

Paul Billington, chair of the Sheffield 2018 Executive Group highlighted the events Sheffield currently or will boast in the future. He said: "Sheffield is home to a number of high-profile sporting events including the World Snooker Championships held annually at the legendary Crucible Theatre and this year Sheffield will host the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

"These types of events bring millions of pounds into the city and provide the opportunity for thousands of sports fans to watch and volunteer. Being a host city would be a huge benefit to the city and we would certainly like to see World Cup games played here."

Cities such as Leeds, Hull and Nottingham are all trying to pip Sheffield to the post along with a few other candidates, although the three named cities above only currently hold one football ground each, Elland Road, KC Stadium and The City Ground respectively, whereas Sheffield boasts two.

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