The joint candidacy of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine to host the 2023 World Cup in soccer continues to comply with its roadmap. The meetings between the parties involved take place and on Tuesday, February 21, continuing with the process of carrying out and presenting the project, a working meeting will be held at the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas at 11:00 a.m., headed by Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Federation (RFEF).
The representatives of the candidates to be venues will be present in it in the event that the candidacy presented by the two Iberian countries, to which Ukraine has joined, is successful. And among them is Gran Canaria. The island is among the 15 alternatives that passed the first cut in the middle of last year.
Next to Gran Canaria Stadiumare on the list Balaídos (Vigo), Riazor (A Coruña), El Molinón (Gijón), San Mamés (Bilbao), Anoeta (San Sebastián), La Romareda (Zaragoza), Camp Nou (Barcelona), RCDE Stadium (Cornellà -El Prat), Bernabéu (Madrid), Metropolitan (Madrid), Nuevo Mestalla (Valencia), Nueva Condomina (Murcia), La Cartuja (Seville), La Rosaleda (Málaga).
At the meeting on the 21st, which will also be attended by representatives of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), All the work carried out to date will be analyzed, as well as the current state of the common candidacy and the new points to be met within the already established calendar will be marked. In turn, additional information will be put on the table for all the venues that have shown interest in the most relevant aspects of the project.
It is expected that there will be a presentation of the internal work teams, which also have external help, and the dynamics that must be developed in the coming weeks with the candidate venues.
These three countries share the dream of hosting the 2030 World Cup with a project of the highest level where the commitment on the part of everyone is maximum. The joint candidacy is becoming more and more tangible. Its managers ensure that “everything is going smoothly and there is a great commitment from all parties involved in this project.”
This meeting in the capital of Spain was announced yesterday, the same day that the joint candidacy presented by Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile was made public. This is the fourth project that has been made public for the World Cup, joining two other competitors for the RFEF: Morocco and another joint candidacy made up of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece.
Gran Canaria, last June, was already present at a working meeting in the City of Las Rozas, convened by the RFEF and the Government of Spain, in which institutions and clubs representing the different candidacies to host meetings participated of the world cup event.
That meeting served as a starting point for the evaluation process of the venues that aspire to be part of the candidacy in our country. There, some of the technical requirements and guarantees that all interested parties must comply with and sign in order to be one of the 11 venues were disclosed.
A month later, Francisco Castellano, Sports Councilor of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, submitted to the RFEF the request for the Island to be one of the venues. A project, the Gran Canaria that has the support of the different administrations, institutions and organizations linked to the world of football, including UD Las Palmas.
To host matches for the 2030 World Cup, the main priority would be to undertake the expansion of the Gran Canaria Stadium, since one of the requirements demanded by FIFA is that the facility where the matches are to be held, in this case the Siete Palmas, must have a minimum capacity of up to 40,000 people.