Four stadiums in line to host 2030 World Cup in Greece
In the event that Greece was to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, the Agia Sophia, Karaiskakis, Toumba and Olympic stadiums would be used for tournament play.
The bidding race to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup hasn’t officially started yet, but in the opening days of November, it became known that Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are planning a joint bid to run the tournament across the four countries. The idea was announced on the sidelines of a regional meeting in the Bulgarian resort of Varna.
Understandably, the project is still in its very early stages, but according to Greek media sources, four stadiums in the country’s territory would be used: the Karaiskakis Stadium (Piraeus), Agia Sophia Stadium (Nea Filadelfeia, Athens), OAKA (Marousi, Athens) and the Toumba Stadium (Thessaloniki).
At the moment, AEK Athens’ new Agia Sophia Stadium is still in the construction process in Nea Filadelfeia, with the arena set to open in August 2020. It will have a capacity of 30,000 and allows AEK to move out of the OAKA which they’ve used since 2004 after the Nikos Goumas Stadium was demolished.
Reports suggest the remaining three arenas would all be renovated by private companies without government involvement. There is no possibility of new stadiums being built especially for the 2030 World Cup.
Time will tell just how realistic Greece’s chance of hosting the tournament is. Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay confirmed they will also launch a joint bid, while Morocco is keen to run the tournament with Tunisia and Algeria. There has also been talk of a British bid.