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The stadiums the UK should use for the 2030 World Cup

Tom Gott
Mar 2, 2021, 1:15 PM GMT
Boris Johnson has backed a potential UK bid to host the 2030 World Cup
Boris Johnson has backed a potential UK bid to host the 2030 World Cup | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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Did you get enough of English fans screaming it's coming home after Kieran Trippier's free-kick at the 2018 World Cup? No? Well, you're in luck!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed he plans to launch a bid for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup, getting fans drooling at the idea of throwing pints over each other for literally no reason whatsoever again.

There are a lot of stadiums which could feature if the UK did bring football home, but we've tried to narrow it down to just 12.

1. Wembley

Harrogate Town v Notts County - Vanarama National League Play Off Final
Wembley will host the Euro 2020 final | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Capacity: 90,000
City: London


As the crown jewel of English football and the second biggest stadium in Europe, it's a pretty safe bet that Wembley would play a major role in the competition if the UK win with their bid.

Wembley is already scheduled to be used for both the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, and it could be used in a similar role nine years later.

2. Old Trafford

Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League
Old Trafford is the UK's second biggest stadium | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Capacity: 74,140
City: Manchester


A permanent fixture whenever England has been involved in worldwide events, Old Trafford is another guaranteed inclusion.

During its three games at the 1966 World Cup, Old Trafford never saw anything less than three goals per game. More of that please.

3. Principality Stadium

Manchester United v AC Milan - 2019 International Champions Cup
The Principality Stadium is Wales' biggest | Alex Davidson/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Capacity: 73,931
City: Cardiff


Known more commonly among fans as the Millennium Stadium, the Principality was Wembley's replacement to host cup finals between 2001 and 2006, and it's by far the best stadium on offer in Wales.

More recently, Cardiff played host to the 2017 Champions League final, which saw Mario Mandzukic's ridiculous overhead kick go to waste as his Juventus side fell 4-1 to Real Madrid anyway.

4. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley - Premier League
Spurs' stadium was an expensive build | Pool/Getty Images

Capacity: 62,850
City: London


While the idea of modern will be different in 2030, there's no denying that Tottenham's new home is up there with the most futuristic stadiums the UK has to offer.

It might not be the biggest, but at £850m, it was easily the most expensive. There's no better way to show off to the world than by bringing them here.

5. Anfield

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Anfield is among the most famous stadiums in the world | PETER POWELL/Getty Images

Capacity: 53,394 (could rise to 61,000)
City: Liverpool


To give the global visitors a wider look at England, Anfield should be towards the very top of the list.

You constantly hear stories of how players from all across the globe grew up dreaming of playing at Anfield. Well, here's their chance.

6. Celtic Park

Celtic v Ross County - Betfred Cup
Celtic Park has been used for a lot of events in the past | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Capacity: 60,411
City: Glasgow


Head north of the border and you'll find Scotland's biggest football stadium, Celtic Park.

Most tourists won't be able to understand a word being said around Paradise (including English fans), but that's all part of the fun.

7. London Stadium

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
The London Stadium was purpose built | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Capacity: 60,000 (could rise to 66,000)
City: London


Specifically built for the last time London flexed on the world, the 2012 Olympics, it would be a surprise to see the London Stadium miss out on all the fun.

If West Ham can continue their rise in the Premier League, this might even end up being the preferred location for players around the world, many of whom will be dreaming of walking on the same hallowed turf as the mighty Mark Noble.

8. Stamford Bridge

Capacity: 41,387 (could rise to 61,000)
City: London


13 years after initially being approved, will Chelsea's redevelopment of Stamford Bridge finally be completed by 2030? Will it even have started?

As a comparatively small stadium, the Bridge will need to be modernised if it wants to play a role in the 2030 World Cup. Otherwise, the likes of the Emirates, Etihad or St James' Park could get the nod.

9. Aviva Stadium

Ireland v Wales - UEFA Nations League B
The Aviva Stadium is Ireland's home | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Capacity: 51,700
City: Dublin


Ireland isn't exactly blessed with many bumper stadiums. In fact, the only ground there to fit FIFA's 40,000-seat quota is the Aviva Stadium.

It's Ireland's only four-star stadium and was rewarded with the 2011 Europa League final just 12 months after it had been built. We might not all remember Porto's 1-0 win over Braga, but hey, at least it's a final.

10. Bramley-Moore Dock

Capacity: 52,888
City: Liverpool


Please
let Everton's new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock be completed in good time for 2030.

With so many of the UK's top stadiums right at the heart of cities, this riverside ground is easily the most aesthetically pleasing on offer. Culture.

11. Hampden Park

Aberdeen v Celtic - Scottish Cup Semi Final
Scotland play at Hampden Park | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Capacity: 51,866
City: Glasgow


As the home of the Scottish national team, Hampden Park definitely needs to be featured if the 2030 World Cup does come to the UK.

It was at Hampden in 2002 that Zinedine Zidane unleashed that volley to hand Real Madrid the Champions League at Bayer Leverkusen's expense. One or two more of those wouldn't go amiss.

12. Ibrox

Rangers v Aberdeen - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Ibrox is Glasgow's third biggest stadium | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Capacity: 50,817
City: Glasgow


Completing the Glasgow sightseeing tour, Ibrox deserves a nod when the bid is being drawn up.

Because there are two other bigger stadiums in Glasgow, it doesn't usually get the love it deserves when it comes to international competition, but it's time to put a stop to that.

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