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Morocco 2030 World Cup stadiums: New grounds to be built?

As announced last month, the 2030 FIFA World Cup will be held by Spain, Portugal and Morocco. While Spain hosted the tournament in 1982, and Portugal have relatively recent experience as the home of EURO 2004, you have to go back to 1988 to find the last time Morocco hosted a major international tournament, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

But Moroccan football has been on the rise in recent years. At the 2022 World Cup, propelled by international stars like Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech, the national side beat the likes of Belgium and Portugal to finish in fourth place.

Morocco will now become only the second African nation to host international football’s greatest prize, following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Here are the full details on what we know about Morocco’s stadiums at the 2030 World Cup.

Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier, Morocco photographer in June 2023 | It could be one of the Morocco 2030 World Cup stadiums
The Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier, Morocco | Photo by Icon Sport

Morocco 2030 World Cup stadiums: What new grounds will be built?

At the heart of Morocco’s bid is the construction of a huge, 93,000-seater stadium in the city of Benslimane, just under 30 miles from Casablanca.

The currently-unnamed stadium would be the third-largest stadium on the continent behind the recently-completed New Administrative Capital Stadium in Egypt and the FNB Stadium in South Africa, which hosted the 2010 World Cup final under the name Soccer City.

The stadium is expected to cost around £400 million to build and should be completed in 2028.

Morocco 2030 World Cup stadiums: Which will be used?

Fouzi Lekjaa, head of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, announced plans to use six other pre-existing stadiums for the tournament, each of which will be renovated to varying degrees.

Ibn Batouta Stadium

The Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier is the current largest stadium in the country with a capacity of 65,000. It was completed in 2011 and recently held four matches at the 2022 Club World Cup.

Karim Benzema lifts the Club World Cup trophy at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium which could be one of the Morocco 2030 World Cup stadiums
Karin Benzema lifts the 2022 Club World Cup trophy at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco – Photo by Icon Sport

Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium

Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat has recently been demolished in order to build an improved version of the stadium on the same site. It also held matches at the 2022 Club World Cup, including the final between Real Madrid and Al-Hilal.

Mohamed V Stadium

Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca is the oldest football stadium in Morocco having been opened in 1955. It is home to the Moroccan national football team and has a seated capacity of 46,000.

Adrar Stadium

Adrar Stadium in Agadir, Fez Stadium and Marrakesh Stadium make up the rest of the venues. Each have a capacity of around 45,000.

These renovations will cost an estimated £735 million, and will be completed in time for Morocco to host the 2025 AFCON, which the nation has also been awarded recently following the Confederation of African Football’s decision to remove Guinea as hosts.

Morocco was due to host the AFCON in 2015, but pulled out just months before the tournament was due to begin over fears that an Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa would spread.

What other countries are 2030 World Cup hosts?

Spain and Portugal are the other two nations which will host the tournament. It is likely that the Spanish stadiums will include, among others, the Santiago Bernabéu, Spotify Camp Nou, Estadio Metropolitano and Estadio San Mamés. Similarly, the Portuguese stadiums will most probably be the Estádio do Dragão, Estádio José Alvalade and Estádio da Luz.

To celebrate the tournament’s centenary, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay will each also hold one match in 2030. The opening match will be played at Uruguay’s historic Estadio Centenario, where they beat Argentina 4-2 in the very first World Cup final.

Where will the 2030 World Cup final be held?

It has not yet been decided where the final will be held in 2030. Lekjaa told a Moroccan radio station that he hopes the tournament will be “crowned – god willing – with celebrations in Casablanca stadium at a historic final.”

However, perhaps unsurprisingly, Carlo Ancelotti believes the final should take place at the Santiago Bernabéu. He told MARCA last month that “the World Cup final has to be played in Madrid, because Madrid is the capital of Spain. And it has to be played at the Bernabéu because the Bernabéu is going to be the best stadium in the world. Simply for that reason.”

Real Madrid Stadium Renovation | Luka Modric takes a corner at the new Santiago Bernabeu under the retractable roof | The Santiago Bernabeu could host the 2030 World Cup final
Luka Modric takes a corner at the new Santiago Bernabeu under the retractable roof (Photo by Manu Reino/DeFodi Image/Icon Sport)

What other international football tournaments has Morocco hosted in the past?

In addition to the 1988 AFCON, Morocco has also held the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations, the 2011 African U-23 Championship and various editions of the Arab Games.

The country will also host Afcon 2025, which will act as a vital warm-up for the 2030 World Cup.

If Morocco's new stadium plans do come to fruition, they will have the third largest stadium in Africa. Here's the current list:

What is the largest stadium in Africa?

1

FNB Stadium

94,736

Johannesburg

South Africa

2

New Administrative Capital Stadium

93,940

New Administrative Capital

Egypt

3

Borg el-Arab Stadium

86,000

Alexandria

Egypt

4

Stade des Martyrs

80,000

Kinshasa

DR Congo

5

Cairo International Stadium

75,000

Cairo

Egypt

6

Ibn Batouta Stadium

65,000

Tangier

Morocco

7

Stade du 5 Juillet

64,200

Algiers

Algeria

8

Ellis Park Stadium

62,567

Johannesburg

South Africa

9

Abuja Stadium

60,491

Abuja

Nigeria

10

Stade 7 November

60,000

Radès

Tunisia

11

Alassane Ouattara Stadium

60,000

Abidjan

Ivory Coast

12

Stade Municipal de Kintélé

60,000

Brazzaville

Congo

13

National Stadium

60,000

Dar es-Salaam

Tanzania

14

Paul Biya Stadium

60,000

Yaoundé

Cameroon

15

Heroes National Stadium

60,000

Lusaka

Zambia

Jamie Barton

A freelance football writer and podcaster, Jamie has appeared on/in the BBC World Service, PA Media, Charlton Athletic FC and Empire of the Kop, among others. He's attended matches all around the world, from Tranmere to Tokyo, and once had his bus home from the 2022 Champions League final in Paris delayed by 28 hours.

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