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Old 12-02-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: New York City
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It's a very expensive vanity project. What will a country of 1.4 million people do with 12 stadia? Even if they only average 50,000 seats, that's still a total of 600,000 seats. The large stadium is supposed to seat 86,000. More than half the population of the entire country will be able to sit in a seat at the same time.

It seem very wasteful for a few weeks of games. Global petrodollars at work.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:17 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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It's a very expensive vanity project. What will a country of 1.4 million people do with 12 stadia? Even if they only average 50,000 seats, that's still a total of 600,000 seats. The large stadium is supposed to seat 86,000. More than half the population of the entire country will be able to sit in a seat at the same time.

It seem very wasteful for a few weeks of games. Global petrodollars at work.
I never understood why they drag such world cups over weeks. There could be 4 matches per stadium per day...
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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Small country, not exactly visitor friendly, automatic qualifier to a country with an irrelevent side, very hot ..... just a mind numbing decision

Then again a country with enough income to build what will essentially be single use set of stadiums and incur that cost probably had little issue providing additional incentive to FIFA.........
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I never understood why they drag such world cups over weeks. There could be 4 matches per stadium per day...
That comment made me LOL, thanks!
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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That comment made me LOL, thanks!
Hey, I was serious about that
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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Because it's Qatar. No booze, no scantily clad Brazilian girls, it's too small to accommodate and....

IT'S 130°!
Points well taken....I forgot about the no booze, and the ladies. Now, I'm mad... ...... I can deal with the heat for a few weeks (they did say they were going to have A/C units in the stadiums), but no women, no fun...you have a point now.

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ARGH!!! Qatar?? Attendence is going to be terrible! And Mister NY asks why the disappointment?

Compare Qatar to South Africa, there are a million great side trips to take in South Africa while watching the Cup, what are people going to Qatar gonna want to see, a 5 star hotel?

Disastrous decision, add the heat and this'll surely be one of the least passionate cups ever. In DC I know a ton of avid world travellers and soccer fans, but I guarantee most of them will still say WTF, I'm not going.

Russia I'm OK with, at least they have a decent league, can play the game quite well, and are a significant world power with plenty of interesting sites to see. Just hope they can host without, um, tragedy. I'll more than likely be there.

But you have to be disappointed for England, maybe their Olympics bid ruined their changes. But the country with the best league, and who invented the damn game, deserve to host more than the once.

So true. But what's done is done. I dont know why they did not pick Bahrain or some other place. Man, oh man, Im going to miss the ladies and the beers...We'll all wear our burkas and in the heat....

Again, who knows what will happen between now and then? The world changes, day by day. So I wouldn't be surprised if things turned around and the events went well.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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It will be 12 years from now, maybe the Qataris have planned some serious liberalization
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Because it's Qatar. No booze, no scantily clad Brazilian girls, it's too small to accommodate and....

IT'S 130°!
Qatar has said alcohol will be allowed for the World Cup.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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Qatar has said alcohol will be allowed for the World Cup.
That's a start. Let the country get with the times by hosting the World Cup games (Allowing booze, and let the ladies take off their burkas ).
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Oh well. Why are people disappointed in Qatar?

Let's see, the country is half the size of New Jersey, has a population less than the metropolitan area of Omaha, and a GDP that is 1/3rd that of California.

They dont have any business hosting the largest event in the world. Their bid should not have even gotten consideration.
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