MADRID (AP) – The stadiums of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are among the venues looking to host games when the 2030 World Cup takes place in Spain and Portugal, the Spanish Football Federation said on Thursday.
A total of 15 stadiums have offered to be among the 11 Spanish venues expected to host matches if the Iberian bid is successful. Portugal would host games in three venues.
Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Atlético’s Wanda Metropolitano and Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu highlight the first list, which also includes venues for Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad. Both the Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabéu are expected to be fully renovated by the 2030 World Cup.
“This is the most important project that Spain will carry out in the next few years,” said the President of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, after a meeting to present the list of host cities and discuss the bid of the nations.
Judging of the Spanish host cities will take place until November, with no set date for announcing the 11 host cities that will be chosen for the final bid presentation.
FIFA has yet to officially release official bid requirements for the 2030 World Cup, but Spain and Portugal are planning a 48-nation tournament similar to 2026 in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
FIFA is expected to select the host countries for the 2030 World Cup in 2024.
List of stadiums for Spain:
Balaídos — Vigo
Riazor – A Coruña
El Molinón — Gijon
San Mames — Bilbao
La Romareda — Zaragoza
RCDE Stadium – Cornellá-El Prat (Barcelona)
Santiago Bernabeu – Madrid
Nuevo Mestalla — Valencia
La Cartuja – Seville
La Rosaleda – Malaga
Gran Canaria — Las Palmas (Canary Islands)
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