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If you were given the task of selecting the venues for a world cup in England, which venues would you choose?
FIFA requires stadiums to have at least 40,000 seats for first round and quarterfinal matches and at least 60,000 seats for the opening match, semi-finals, the third place play-off and final. Obviously several stadiums in England could be expanded, but for the sake of this discussion, be guided by current and planned capacities.
- Wembley, London - 90,000
- Twickenham, London - 75,000 (1)
- Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - 74,500 (2)
- Old Trafford, Manchester - 67,700 (3)
- Murrayfield, Edinburgh - 67,500 (4)
- Celtic Park, Glasgow - 60,500 (5)
- Ashburton Grove, London - 60,000
- Stanley Park, Liverpool - 55,000 (6)
- St James' Park, Newcastle - 52,150
- Hampden Park, Glasgow - 50,670 (7)
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow - 50,420 (8)
- Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 48,300 (9)
- City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester - 48,000
- Anfield, Liverpool - 45,362
- Villa Park, Birmingham - 43,000 (10)
- Stamford Bridge, London - 42,420
- Elland Road, Leeds - 40,204
- Goodison Park, Liverpool - 40,120
- Hillsborough, Sheffield - 39,814
- Highbury, London - 38,500 (11)
- White Hart Lane, London - 36,240
- Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough - 35,100
- RFU headquarters
- Welsh venue used for recent FA Cup finals
- Proposed expansion to 75,000 and 92,000
- Scottish venue, SRU headquarters
- Scottish venue, Celtic FC home ground
- Construction yet to commence
- Scottish national stadium
- Scottish venue, Rangers FC home ground
- Planning permission to expand to 54,000 with final capacity of 63,000
- Proposed expansion to 50,000
- To be converted into housing
How many venues would you select? Germany 2006 will be contested by 32 nations, as were the 1998 and 2002 tournaments. There were 10 venues in 1998 and 10 each in Korea and Japan. The 2006 world cup will be played in 12 stadiums. How many venues would you select for a world cup in England?
The 1966 world cup was played in 7 English cities, with two venues used in London:
- Wembley Stadium (98,000) in London hosted Group 1 matches, a quarterfinal, semi-final, the third place playoff and the final.
- Goodison Park (62,000) in Liverpool hosted Group 3 matches, a quarterfinal, and a semi-final.
- Villa Park (51,000) in Birmingham hosted Group 2 matches.
- White City (45,000) in London hosted Group 1 matches.
- Old Trafford (37,000) in Manchester hosted Group 3 matches.
- Hillsborough (36,000) in Sheffield hosted Group 2 matches, and a quarterfinal.
- Roker Park (35,000) in Sunderland hosted Group 4 matches, and a quarterfinal.
- Ayresome Park (23,000) in Middlesbrough hosted Group 4 matches.
There were 8 venues for Euro 96:
- Wembley Stadium (80,000) in London hosted Group A matches, a quarterfinal, semi-final, and the final.
- Elland Road (43,000) in Leeds hosted Group B matches
- Old Trafford (43,000) in Manchester hosted Group C matches, a quarterfinal and semi-final.
- Hillsborough (41,000) in Sheffield hosted Group D matches, and a quarterfinal.
- Anfield (40,000) in Liverpool hosted Group C matches, and a quarterfinal.
- Villa Park (40,000) in Birmingham hosted Group A matches, a quarterfinal and semi-final.
- St James' Park (32,000) in Newcastle hosted Group B matches.
- City Ground (28,000) in Nottingham hosted Group D matches, a quarterfinal and semi-final.
Would you play any matches outside England? FIFA said that after the experiment of the joint hosting by Japan and South Korea, there would be no more co-hosting of the world cup. However, the FA has used the Millennium Stadium in Wales for the FA Cup final in recent years, so would you use the Cardiff venue or perhaps one of the big stadiums in Scotland?
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