The recent decision not to include Hull City's KC Stadium as one of the host city venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup bid has affected the chances of further expansion to the 25,000 all-seater stadium in the future.

If the Premier League club had been selected to host World Cup games, albeit if England were successful in their bid, they would have expanded the stadium from a 25,000 all-seater to the required capacity of 44,000.

The Chairman of the selection panel, and outgoing Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney revealed that Hull joined by Leicester and Derby would not be included in the World Cup bid, should England be successful.

Tigers' Chairman Adam Pearson reflected on the decision by the selection panel not to include Hull as a host city for England's World Cup bid.

Pearson explained: “Ground development is severely affected by this decision. We hope the capacity will be increased at some stage but those hopes have been dented.

“I can't put a time-line on things but the decision has made things extremely difficult to improve on our current capacity of 25,000.

“I was hoping three under-21 internationals, four Test matches and all the concerts we've done here would help us get this, but they've gone with Bristol which has never had those sort of events so good luck to them.

“All we can hope is that our sporting clubs can go on to greater things. We hope to maintain Premier League football which is key to raising the profile of the city and to do that we need a bigger stadium, hotels and accommodation and infrastructure - and we need help to do that.”

Posted on 17/12/2009