Cup Finals. With Europe thought to be favoured for the 2018 World Cup, David Beckham has recently handed over England’s 2018 bid book to FIFA President Sepp Blatter at a conference in Zurich.
One of the most important factors in the World Cup bid is the selection of the Stadiums where the World Cup games are to be played.
FIFA have very strict rules and regulations for the stadiums selected in World Cup bids. There need to be at least ten stadiums all with a crowd capacity of 40,000 or above, two Stadiums must have a capacity of at least 60,000, and these would be used for the opening match, the semi-finals and the final of the World Cup. Another regulation is that only two of the stadiums can be in the same city.
As well as the stadiums, the host cities must also demonstrate that they can provide excellent training facilities, team base camps, facilities for the many fans and media, accommodation and transport services, and also have robust plans for safety, security and sustainability.
Here is a short review of the Stadiums being considered for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
Birmingham – Villa Park, Home stadium for Aston Villa Football Club, the all seated stadium has a capacity of 42,788. It is a UEFA Elite Stadium and has previously hosted 16 Englan สมัครเว็บบอล ufabet d international matches, it is the most used English stadium for FA Cup semi-finals, having hosted 55 semi-finals. Plans are in place to re-develop the North Stand, increasing the capacity of Villa Park to approximately 50,000. Villa Park is within a short distance of two mainline railway stations.
Bristol – New Ashton Gate, Home stadium for Bristol City, which currently has an all seated capacity of 21,497, plans are in place for major re-development which would increase the capacity to 42,000 should England be successful In their bid for the 2018 World Cup. The stadium has previously hosted matches in the Rugby World Cup and several large music concerts.
Leeds – Elland Road, Home of Leeds United, Elland Road is a 5 star rated UEFA Stadium and is the 12th largest stadium in England, and the largest ground outside the Premier League. The ground has hosted many FA Cup Semi-Final matches, as well as a number of England international fixtures, it was also used as one of the eight stadiums when England hosted Euro 96. The redevelopment of the East Stand for which Leeds already have planning permission will play a major part in providing the facilities required by FIFA to stage matches in the World Cup
Liverpool – Anfield, The famous home of Liverpool FC Anfield has a total capacity of 45,276, Anfield is a UEFA elite Stadium and has hosted many international matches, including England matches. The ground was al