2030 World Cup: the Romareda dream

It turns out to be a long and tedious process, but little by little some unknowns about the future of La Romareda, waiting to know how it will be and how it will be paid. If anything is clear, it’s that the new stadium remains where it is, that it will have around 42,500 seats and four stars. Those you need to be able to be one of the headquarters of the World Cup 2030 and host between five and six matches.

An international event that forced the city ​​hall to press the accelerator – well that, and the 2023 elections – in order to send a convincing project to the Spanish Football Federation before September 30.

For now, the board feels it has a solid basis to defend that the current location of La Romareda complies with FIFA requirements. This is confirmed by a report commissioned by the town hall from the consulting firm Idom, which the Spanish Football Federation will have to confirm. This study explains that withProvisional, temporary and reversible actions with respect to public transport, car parks, approach rings, VIP areas and service areas”, all the requirements that accompany a rendezvous of these characteristics will be met.

A perimeter with two rings in which the VIPs will have their space, their private access and even parking. Also the possibility of snacking at the food stands which will be placed at the back of the field, from where the international communication center will be seen, and where the kiosks and the official stores of promotional items will be installed.

In principle, Zaragoza, if one of the sites is chosen, could accommodate between five and six games, none of them will be in the semi-finals or finals. The more the better, of course, but this does not mean losing sight of the fact that the new stadium that is being built must meet the daily needs of the city, underlined the councilor for town planning, Víctor Serrano.

Security perimeter project in La Romareda.

Five star hotels

Although the location meets many FIFA conditions, there are still some to be resolved, such as the hotel offer. The city council is already working on upgrading several four-star hotels, given that FIFA demands that there be between “three or four” of five stars at a maximum distance of 40 kilometers from the headquarters. “We are working on it and there are four-star hotels which cannot have five today for a tax reason”, explained the city councilor to town planning.

The underseat

It also remains to be seen where the sub-seat will be located. FIFA includes among its conditions the existence, “at least”, of four sub-headquarters or training centers at a distance of less than 40 kilometers.

The report does not address this issue, as this problem would be “exactly the same” if the new Romareda be built in another neighborhood, said Fernando Martínez, from Idom, who suggested the Sports city of Zaragoza and the pitches of the Aragonese Football Federation as valid pitches, even if their turf, now artificial, should be replaced by natural turf.

The fields of Spain are not those of Qatar

The case of Zaragoza, a candidate city with an area that does not yet exist or is being reformed or expanded, is not so strange. This happens at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Camp Nou in Barcelona, ​​Mestalla in Valencia, La Rosaleda in Málaga or San Mamés Bilbao. These stadiums and their locations comply with FIFA criteria, but their environments must also be adapted.

If anything clear came out of Idom, it’s that one shouldn’t dream of the stadiums that were built in Qatar for the 2022 event. In this city, eight stadiums have been built designed with a reconversion or dismantling plan to, once the World Cup is over, be dismantled or converted to different uses such as housing or various commercial uses .

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