You can vote for your favorite 10 cities below; voting ends this Wednesday, February 29th at 12pm US EST. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote.
This round of voting will not eliminate cities but it is what I use to order (seed) them in the tournament. The cities with the most votes will be matched up in the next round with the cities with the least votes in this round. In the past years of the tournament, those who did better here tended to advance further in the tournament. And, a little bit different this year, the cities with the top 25 votes in this round will automatically advance to the Round of 64.
ED: You’ll notice there are now two polls. The service I’m using was having trouble with the number of total answers in the original poll below so for a consistent list I’ll have to use two.
ED: You’ll notice there are now two polls. The service I’m using was having trouble with the number of total answers in the original poll above so for a consistent list I’ll have to use two. You can choose below 4 of the choices in addition to the 10 above.
The first elimination Round of 128 cities begins this Friday, March 2nd and I’ll be revealing the full brackets and breaking down my favorites with Wandering Earl in my upcoming live chat this Thursday (March 1st from 2pm-5pm US EST). You can also view a complete map of the competing cities on Google. Good luck!
Okay, voted. How exciting. Loads of great cities in the list this year! Whichever city wins, looks like you’re going to get to visit somewhere fab!
I love the range of cities this year too – looks to make for a good competition and yes, a nice trip for me too! Good luck, I’d say you have the top 25 spot easily secured now 🙂
Well we see whose city is winning- ha ha- Julia!!!
Why helloooo, Anjuli. Just wanted a top 25 spot. Hope we’ve not peaked too early! 😉
I’d just like Manchester to beat London. When I was in Switzerland and France I was constantly selling the North of England, people go to London too much soley for tradition and history yet by not going to the likes of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds there is soooooooo much being missed out on.
🙂 Manchester has come out of nowhere, it’s going to be an interesting race…
Nice to see a bit of recognition. Let’s see the next round 🙂
Manchester is on my list to visit Simon! I complained to my mother the other day that we never traveled much as a family growing up and she told me we’d planned an extended trip to Manchester and the surrounding area when my Dad traveled there on business a lot, however right before they purchased flights I started getting terribly car sick on any ride over 20 minutes. Needless to say they cancelled the trip over concerns I wouldn’t last driving around northern England. I’m unhappy with my 6 year old self haha. I’d love to go because my Dad always talked so highly of it, as did a colleague of his from there that came over for a bbq during a business trip and brought us Manchester United hats (I still have mine!)
I’d recommend it, but just remember it’s not about all the pretty buildings and your normal touristy stuff, their is a great feeling about being in Manchester or at least there always has been for me (Some of that relates to united as well).
Another English city I’d recommend is Newcastle.
Manchester la la la
Manchester la la la
Disagree about Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds….they have a certain gritty charm yes but in terms of world class attractions London has way more than all those three cities put together.
I love the rivalry building…good luck to both!
For you’re general touristy things yes London has more, but there is more to it than that, Manchester has football fashion and music and that plays a major part in falling in love with a City.
Guimarães (Portugal), is the European Capital of Culture this year. We are World Heritage by UNESCO and the Birth Place of Portugal. You should sist us…we have plenty to offer 🙂
I good strong showing for Guimarães in the preliminary round, I think a strong contender in the tournament.
I’ll have the brackets ready for tomorrow’s live chat (at 2pm-5pm US EST) right here on the site. There will also be live commentary about the city match ups and a good place to make your case (and talk some trash 😉