Spain’s FC Barcelona (FCB) club is expected to receive part of the $1.5 billion that the Spanish government will allocate to stadiums that will host the 2023 World Cup, such as the team’s Camp Nou stadium.
The decision followed an announcement by FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Wednesday, who said that the global football governing body’s council had agreed unanimously that the only bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2030 will be the joint bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.
This means that several games will be held in each of the countries, leading up to the grand finale.
As the news was widely celebrated all over the world, many started asking questions about the logistics, considering the fact that it isn’t easy to hold such a grand event in three countries.
Spanish media reports believe that the football celebration will give an economic boost to the FCB Grand Stadium, whose renovation started in June this year and will end in 2026, making it fully ready to embrace the games and large crowd.
According to Sports Media, the Spanish government is planning to spend serious money on infrastructure and organizational expenses.
Therefore, Spanish clubs’ stadiums hosting the prestigious cup will be financially compensated to make their facilities stand in perfect condition.
The same media explained that currently, there are 15 stadiums that are being examined to become venues for the World Cup, namely: Balaídos, El Molinón, Riazor, San Mamés, Anoeta, La Romareda, Camp Nou, Cornellà-El Prat, Santiago Bernabéu, Metropolitano, Nuevo Mestalla, Nueva Condomina, La Cartuja, La Rosaleda and Gran Canaria.
However, not all of them will make the cut.
Even though the Spanish national team frequently plays at La Cartuja in Sevilla or the Spanish capital Madrid’s Bernabeu, the 2030 tournament final may actually take place at Camp Nou, according to Forbes, as well as other crucial matches from the knockout stages in addition to the group stage.
With FCB’s financial struggles due to serious debt, the money allocated by the Spanish government might be exactly what the club needs to get on its feet.