England's World Cup Bid Goes Under the Knife: Inspections Away!

Perm VacationCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10:  England line up prior to the FIFA 2010 World Cup Group 6 Qualifying match between England and Andorra at Wembley Stadium on June 10, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

15 Cities, containing up to 22 stadiums, have registered their interest ahead of tomorrow's deadline saying they want to be part of the bid.

At least 12 to 18 arenas will be chosen by the end of the year and the cities and stadiums highlighted below are guaranteed to be hosting World Cup games if England win the chance to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup—this due to their stadiums being over the minimum requirement of 40,000 capacity.


Wembley Stadium—90,000

Emirates Stadium—60,000

Stamford Bridge—42,000

Villa Park—42,000

White Hart Lane, Spurs will have to complete building to host any World Cup matches


City Of Manchester Stadium—47,000

Old Trafford—76.000 < just outside Manchester



Goodison Park—40,000 (Everton's new stadium is currently facing government enquiry with fan disapproval of the stadium leaving the Liverpool city boundaries).


St James Park—52,000


Stadium of Light—49,000


New Nottingham Forest Stadium—Planned to open in 2014

Other cities who have registered their interest in hosting games are: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth, Sheffield.

These cities will have to rebuild stadiums capable of World Cup game-hosting requirements—Birmingham is currently the only city planning for a new stadium that will meet requirements.

The London Olympic Stadium is also being talked about, if not to host World Cup matches then to host as a training venue.