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Lord Jubjub
2007-Jun-07, 01:43 AM
FIFA bans high altitude contests. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6726293.stm)

The article lists the four countries protesting the ban. The U.S. could hold matches in Leadville, Colorado, that would violate this ban. I don't think Canada has an established town at that altitude.

How about Europe? How many countries could play a home match higher that the ban's altitude?

LurchGS
2007-Jun-07, 01:52 AM
I don't think any European countries could - all the cities are much closer to sea level. Heck, are any cities (defined as grouping of humanity with large enough population to support a 50,000 seat stadium) are even at 5000 feet?

sarongsong
2007-Jun-07, 02:41 AM
Western Hemisphere:
...The decision -- which would ban games at more than 8,200 feet above sea level and exclude many stadiums in Bolivia...Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico -- outraged fans, soccer officials and governments in Latin America... Yahoo/AP (http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news?slug=ap-fifa-altitudeban&prov=ap&type=lgns)

Lord Jubjub
2007-Jun-07, 03:21 AM
The U.S. couldn't draw 50,000 people to any soccer match. . .well, maybe in the coastal cities in the southwest. . .

But I was thinking of established towns that have sufficient nearby flat areas that could hold a decent soccer pitch. There are some pretty good size cities in Colorado close to the limit.

Surely Austria and Switzerland could--probably Italy and France, too.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Jun-07, 03:43 AM
The U.S. couldn't draw 50,000 people to any soccer match. . .well, maybe in the coastal cities in the southwest. . .


That's a shame too. Even though I played High School football, futbol is the only sport I watch anymore.