Spain/Portugal unveil initial 15 stadia for 2030 World Cup bid

July 15 – The stadiums of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are among those seeking to host matches if Spain and Portugal win the vote to stage the 2030 World Cup.

A total of 15 stadiums have offered to be among the 11 Spanish venues expected to host games if the Iberian bid is successful at the ballot in May, 2024. Portugal would put up three stadiums.

“This is the most important project that Spain will undertake in the next few years,” Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales said after a meeting to present the venues list and discuss the nations’ bid.

The evaluation of the Spanish host cities will take place through November, with no set date for an announcement of the 11 venues that will be picked for the final bid presentation.

Many of them will have to undertake considerable refurbishment since one of the fundamental requirements is to have a minimum capacity of 40,000, something only seven currently meet.

FIFA has yet to officially to release the official bid requirements for 2030 but it will comprise 48 nations, similar to 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and México.

The provisional Spanish list which will be whittled down to 11 is as follows:

Balaídos — Vigo

Riazor — LA Coruña

El Molinón — Gijón

San Mamés — Bilbao

Anoeta — San Sebastián

La Romareda — Zaragoza

Camp Nou — Barcelona

RCDE Stadium — Cornellá-El Prat (Barcelona)

Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid

Metropolitano — Madrid

Nuevo Mestalla — Valencia

Nueva Condomina — Murcia

La Cartuja — Sevilla

La Rosaleda — Málaga

Gran Canaria — Las Palmas (Canary Islands)

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