Spain will host the 2030 World Cup along with Portugal and Morocco. Since FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed the news, there has been a lot of talk about the stadiums in which the competition will be held, with a total of 104 matches expected.
The Santiago Bernabéu and Camp Nou will host games, although the Spanish FA is still not sure which stadiums will be 2030 World Cup venues, even less so after FIFA decided that the opening matches will be held in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay, which will reduce the number of venues needed in Spain.
Speaking to El Larguero, journalist Antón Meana revealed that Spain had proposed a total of 11 venues, however, after the decision to include the three South American countries, the Spanish FA hopes to get closer to 10. Meana added that Atlético Madrid’s Civitas Metropolitano will host games. La Cartuja in Seville and San Mamés in Bilbao will also operate as venues for the tournament in seven years’ time.
Espanyol’s ground is another option due to its proximity to Barcelona airport, while Real Sociedad’s Reale Arena is a possibility, although it has not yet been confirmed. Valencia’s Mestalla has been mentioned as a potential venue for games as have Riazor, Balaídos, El Molinón and La Romareda.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN