Kickin’ It with Kiz: Failed World Cup soccer bid is biggest loss of the year in Denver sports

And Denver thinks the Stanley Cup Final is big? That was a swing and a miss on being a host city for the World Cup in 2026.

Tommy, Boulder

Kiz: It’s the worst sports loss of the year in Colorado, by far. And there is no second place. The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and Denver seemed to believe all we had to do was pitch a circus tent in a parking lot next to Elitch Gardens, throw some Rocky Mountain oysters on the grill and erase the Broncos’ logo from the field at our football stadium. Denver should be ashamed that our dusty old cowtown got beat out as one of 11 tourney sites in the United States by Kansas City.

It’s very disappointing the World Cup won’t be played in Denver, which is more than qualified to be a host city. Kiz, what was the failure here? Who dropped the (soccer) ball?

John, Denver

Kiz: I was present in October when FIFA officials heard the pitch from the Denver bid committee. Outside of a passionate speech by former USMNT keeper Tim Howard, the presentation from everyone, including mayor Michael Hancock, was uninspired, at best. The news conference to welcome soccer royalty should have been held with our mountains as a backdrop, and the festivities enlivened by music, balloons, maybe even dancing elk. Instead, it was held in a room devoid of natural light in the bowels of Empower Field at Mile High, and the whole thing felt as tired and rusty as your grandfather’s Oldsmobile.

Kickball isn’t a big thing here in Colorado. We need a new $8 billion sports complex with a covered, 80,000-seat stadium to overcome that fact. The Walmart family will save us.

Michael, snarkmeister

Kiz: Congrats. You win knucklehead of the week. (Your trophy is in the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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