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So why is Kraft so in to soccer?

Posted by Albert Breer  June 11, 2010 03:37 PM

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So what else does Kraft remember from '94? Well, he remembers there being 27 cities wanting to host games, and what it took for Boston to be among the nine winning bids.

"We were the last one chosen," he said. To be frank, part of it was the support, because the stadium was not really worthy. It was amazing. ... We actually were the last people to get the bid in. I think there were 27 stadiums in the U.S., and that was really a good sales job. It was the old stadium, it was built for $6 million, didn’t have adequate men’s rooms and ladies’ rooms. We were the last venue."

The point Kraft is making, of course, is that this area is far better equipped now, with Gillette Stadium, to host this even than it was then.

Anyway, it's clear Kraft's putting a pretty serious effort into this. And he believes in the concept.

"I think the next time it comes to the US, it’ll be unbelievable," he said. "That’s why I really hope it can happen in ’18 but the high probability because of how these things are done is that it won’t be done until ’22. But I did have that conversation at our last bid committee meeting with Kissinger, trying to get him to use his influence. I said (referencing the former secretary of state's age), ‘95 is a better age to be watching it than 99.’"

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