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    Jen Hayden

    Some NFL stadiums, such as Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, would have to be modified in order to allow for a World Cup-regulation soccer field, which is 105 meters long and 68 meters wide (114.8 yards by 74.4 yards wide, rounded to one decimal place), slightly under 5 yards shorter than an American football field from back of one end zone to back of the other end zone (which is 120 yards) and slightly over 21 yards wider than an American football field (which is 53 1/3 yards). Some other NFL stadiums, such as Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, would need to have artificial turf temporarily replaced with natural grass in order to accommodate a World Cup-regulation soccer field.

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      DownstateDemocrat

      I worked for Lamar Hunt for several years. He was an avid soccer fan. Aside from founding MLS, he traveled to every single World Cup since the '50s or '60s until he passed away, even making the 2002 World Cup in Asia in poor health.

      Anyway, he wanted Kansas City to serve as a World Cup venue so bad that he came up with a plan to raise the field at Arrowhead stadium. Platforms would be built that would actually raise it well into where the current seats are now. That would make it a regulation size pitch. It would've been costly, but a small investment for the Chiefs, Jackson County, and KC residents compared to the overall status and financial gain of hosting a few games.

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