First up, I'm new to posting here. G'day everyone!
I've snooping around here for a while however.
Okay, so this thread is meant to be all about what stadia that could be used/built where in Australia for the 2018/2022 World Cup. I know it is a long shot with the whole bid, but i'm very hopeful, i love football and it would be amazing to see it held here.
As far as I can recall, there needs to be at least ten stadiums with a capacity of at least 40,000 seats, with a final venue capacity of at least 80,000. And only one city is allowed to have two stadiums (that was the rule prior to 2006)
I've got twelve down, that are plausible enough in my opinion.
List of easy ones:
(83,500 seats, but I believe that it could be expanded to 85)
Obviously, these would all be upgraded to state of the art facilities (i.e. 10 years from now).
All the rest would need to be heavily upgraded or new stadiums.
(im dreaming...65,000 footy oval)
(again, dreaming...45,000 rect. stadium)
(extend Andrew Johns stand around both sides to meet with the new stand...i think that could be good for 50K, but isn't warranted)
(expanded Skilled Park 40-45,000)
(Bruce Stadium upgrade, add massive wrap-around tiers on the wings 40,000+)
(new stadium, or upgraded dairy farmers: 40,000)
(Rectangular/'olympic' stadium, near the botanical gardens 40,000)
And the 'second stadium' in either Sydney or Melbourne of course.
I'm favouring Docklands
at the moment, as SFS I don't think could be made current enough, and MRS isn't going to be a realistic option. Rectangular config, 50,000.
Looking at the spread of the venues, I thought that the bid ought to have another one away from the East Coast, so I cancelled out Wollongong, Cairns or Geelong.
I looked at Darwin's projected demographics, and I was surprised to see that it was around 170,000 for 2021. Moreover, Northern Territory overall had a projected growth to 300,000. So I reckon it could be plausible to have a stadium in Darwin, 40,000 seats with half of them temporary in a way that they could be relocated to TIO oval post-cup. win-win for Darwin sport.
Also, it would be great from a tourist perspective, with all the "outback" appeal. Kakadu N.P, Uluru, etc.
Let me know of your opinions, and comments.