Morocco Prepares for the 2030 World Cup: Building a New Stadium and Upgrading Six Others

The office of the Moroccan Prime Minister announced on Friday that Morocco intends to construct a large stadium in the city of Ben Slimane, near Casablanca, and refurbish six other stadiums in preparation for the 2030 FIFA World Cup, as reported by Reuters.

In a statement, the Prime Minister's office revealed that an agreement was reached on the same day between the government and the state-owned Deposit and Management Fund for Investment to finance the new stadium, set to be ready by 2028, at a total cost of 5 billion Moroccan dirhams (500 million dollars).

It further stated that the six stadiums slated for renovation to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2030 World Cup are located in the cities of Agadir, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tangier.

Earlier this month, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) selected the joint bid of Morocco, Spain, and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup. However, FIFA also mentioned that Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay will host three matches to commemorate the tournament's centenary.

Morocco will be the second African nation to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010.

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