Morocco to Spend $15.8 billion if it Wins 2026 World Cup Bid
Morocco will earmark $15.8 billion on stadiums and infrastructure if it wins the bid to organize the 2026 World Cup, the bid committee said.
Chairman of the committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy said at a conference that Morocco will renovate existing stadiums and use demountable stadiums to host the tournament.
To fill in the gap in terms of stadiums, Morocco has promised to establish demountable stadiums with a 50,000 seat capacity up to FIFA standards.
Morocco officially submitted its bid book to FIFA on Friday containing all plans for stadiums, infrastructure and transport inter alia.
Moulay Hafid Elalamy also explained that organizing the World Cup is in line with Morocco’s economic and social development strategy.
“The World Cup is a national priority for our government and that is why it has guaranteed the required investment in our exciting and innovative stadium plans,” added Elalamy.
“Our beautiful and welcoming nation offers players and fans something very special with just one time zone, one currency and all host cities are within a 550km radius from Casablanca, meaning limited travel and simple logistics”.
“Host cities are also all located within an hour’s drive of an airport, so players and fans need only focus on the one thing that matters most – football.”
Morocco has previously unveiled the tournament’s host cities: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Rabat, Fez, Oujda, Tangier, Tetuan, Nador, Meknès, El Jadida, Agadir and Ouarzazate.
All these cities are close to airports and connected by a rail network and highways making it easy for fans and teams to move between cities.
Morocco is making its fifth bid to host the World Cup. The 2026 edition is the first to involve 48 teams and 80 games packed into 32 competition days.