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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