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<p>The nation’s capital has passed the test. Ottawa has proven itself as a successful host city for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup should it ever come to Canada again, said the general manager for the Ottawa site’s organizing committee.<br /></p>

Ottawa proved itself a good host



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Thomas Germann, left, and Balsha Vukovic kick a ball around outside the Frank Clair Stadium prior to last night’s quarter-final game.





The nation’s capital has passed the test.





Ottawa has proven itself as a successful host city for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup should it ever come to Canada again, said the general manager for the Ottawa site’s organizing committee.





“In terms of doing it here again, Ottawa has a real advantage,” said GM Marci Morris. “It has a proven track record.”





The last two weeks were “incredibly busy” for Morris and her team, but at the same time, “incredibly successful,” she said.





Yesterday’s quarter-final match sold out, but it wasn’t a first — three of five match days were sellouts. And on days the capacity crowd of 26,559 wasn’t filling the stands at Frank Clair Stadium, there were at least 22,000 fans in attendance.





The majority of attendees were from the Ottawa area, but the tournament also drew visitors from outside the country, Morris said.





Approximately 400 volunteers representing 55 countries gave their time during the course of the event here, said volunteer co-director Nicola Maule.





“I can’t believe the dedication and enthusiasm,” she said.





In return for their work, all volunteers received tickets to see one of the games.





“It’s a perk,” said youth program volunteer Matthew Russell, who put in roughly 60 volunteer hours over the last two weeks.





“I have to say the draw of seeing the games was definitely a help. This was a good opportunity to see the games and work with the kids,” he said.





Morris said organizers here didn’t face any insurmountable challenges.





Although there was no parking on site and parked cars filled every available space along the streets for blocks around the stadium by mid-afternoon yesterday, FIFA spokesman Mike Winterburn said parking wasn’t an issue throughout the tournament.





Fans could park their cars at Carleton University, where they could hop an OC Transpo bus to the stadium.





Morris lists the proximity of the venue to the downtown core, world-class hotels within driving distance, the size of the venue, and the safeness of the city itself as reasons why Ottawa made a successful host city.


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  • Volunteers were asked to work at least 30 hours on at least four of the five game days.


 
 
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