Tax exemptions, 2,000 volunteers and a night tram, new demands for Zaragoza before the World Cup

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) clarified a little more this Thursday the requirements that cities must meet which, like Zaragozawant to host games from the World Cup 2030, in the event that the Iberian Bid is the organizer. Yes a month ago he told the candidates the need to have stadiums with 40,000 spectatorsluxury hotels and a large security perimeter, now the president Luis Rubiales specified that it will be necessary to have 2,000 volunteers, apply tax exemptions and guarantee public transport up to 4 hours after the end of the match.

These are just some of the requirements The RFEF explained to the representatives of the 15 candidates to take over one of the 11 sites that Spain would have at the 2030 World Cup (Portugal would keep 3 more). After the meeting, the Mayor of Zaragoza, Jorge Azconwanted to convey the “excitement” for a project that would have a significant impact on “projection, economy and consumption”.

To do this, the The Aragonese capital must build a football pitch, since the current Romareda does not meet the minimum requirements. In this sense, the Federation has detailed a complete catalog of requirements for the future stadium which, being a new construction, should have no problem in complying.

Thus, according to the document to which HERALDO had access, in addition to a capacity of 40,000 spectators, some dimensions of 105×68 meters, changing rooms of 150 square meters, state-of-the-art communication technology (fiber and 5G), minimum illumination of 2,000 lux available one year before the World Cup as well as an energy source change system to act immediately in the event of a breakdown. “We must ensure that at least 75% of the energy consumed comes from renewable sources”, claims the RFEF.

The Fifain addition, is very demanding when it comes to having its own spaces inside the stadium, with ample rooms for organization, accreditations, guest center, ceremonies, press, warehouses and car parks. In this last section, for example, 790 closed places for buses and trucks and 1,100 others for vehicles will be necessary, without forgetting that around 10,000 others will have to be offered at “reasonable distance”.

The so-called “zone” should also be particularly generous.hospitality‘, with capacity for 1,000 people and spaces for the grandstand, escorts, wardrobe, as well as spaces for teammates, commercial sponsors and institutional collaborators. There should even be a place for children accompanying players and one for pets.

In addition to the stadium, the city will have to offer sufficient availability of the airport and train station, training camps and offices for the organization. Regarding the hotel roomsFIFA requires at least 1,000 beds in 5-star Grand Luxe establishments, 1,500 5-star establishments, 2,500 4-star establishments and 3,000 three-star establishments.

Institutional commitments

But beyond infrastructure, the public and private institutions concerned must also take a step forward. For example, the Federation transmitted the need to declare the activity of the World Cup “general interest” and approve “specific guarantees and tax exemptions”, according to the document given to the delegations.

In the same way, the security, mobility and health care necessary during the championship will be guaranteed, as well as the public land necessary for the installation of the “FanZone” of each selection that competes in the city.

In the mobility aspect, the implementation of 24-hour public transport service between the airport and the stadium the day of the match and the following day, as well as the bus and the tram until four hours after the final whistle of the match. It will also be valued tip of these services for ticketed fans.

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