Regional Minister backs World Cup bid

By on 04/12/2009 in News

West Midlands Regional Minister Ian Austin is backing Birmingham's bid to be a host city for the World Cup in 2018.

Austin has written to FIFA President Sepp Blatter to express his support for England's bid to host the 2018 / 2022 FIFA World Cup and Birmingham's application to be a host city for the event.

The minister wrote to Mr Blatter, saying:

“Birmingham has a proud track record in hosting international sports events; a good visitor tourism infrastructure; and a passion for football which together, in my view, place it in a very strong position to play a significant role in this tournament.

“I understand that Birmingham's bid whose themes are 'participate, celebrate, integrate' contains a strong element of legacy.  This will be a fantastic bonus for the city, which is a youthful and diverse city, and the wider West Midlands region if we are successful.  I am pleased to support Birmingham's bid.”

Birmingham is one of 16 cities competing for selection as a host city in the official England World Cup 2018 Bid; Austin continued:

“It would be fantastic to have World Cup games here in Birmingham.  Football fans in the region would love the chance to watch international stars playing at Villa Park or St Andrews, and having matches here would be a real boost to the region's economy.

“Birmingham has everything to offer as a host city - transport, accessibility, great facilities and a huge enthusiasm for all sporting occasions.  I'm pledging my support for the Bid and I urge all sports enthusiasts from across the whole region to do the same on the website: http://www.backthebirminghambid.com/

“Football and all sporting events bring huge numbers of visitors to the city and the region as a whole.  Tourism already accounts for £7.5bn in the West Midlands economy and we all need to work together to ensure that 2018 brings even greater benefits to the region.”

Media enquiries
Contact Annie Harris, press secretary to Ian Austin
Tel: 0121 352 5503
Mob: 07920 750 517 
annie.harris@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

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