Morocco plans for largest stadium for 2030 World Cup

With its current big along Spain and Portugal, Morocco plans for largest stadium for 2030 World Cup. Morocco is set to create history with the construction of the Grand Stade de Casablanca, a groundbreaking project slated to become the largest football stadium globally. As part of its preparations to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Spain and Portugal, Morocco aims to establish the Grand Stade de Casablanca as an iconic venue, rivaling esteemed arenas like Spain’s Bernabeu or Camp Nou for the coveted role of hosting the final match.

Largest stadium for 2030 World Cup

The selection process for the design of the Grand Stade de Casablanca witnessed fierce competition among renowned architectural firms from across the globe. Ultimately, the joint proposal from US-based Populous and French-Moroccan firm Oualalou + Choi emerged victorious. The design draws inspiration from the local custom of “moussem,” promising a stadium experience deeply rooted in Moroccan culture. Planned for construction in El Mansouria, near Casablanca, the stadium’s impressive capacity of 115,000 spectators is poised to redefine the landscape of football infrastructure.

Construction and Financing

Preparatory work for the Grand Stade de Casablanca has already commenced on a sprawling 100-hectare site, signaling the beginning of a transformative journey for Morocco’s sports landscape. Public financing, approved in October, underscores the nation’s commitment to realizing this monumental project. With a budget estimated at approximately five billion Moroccan dirhams ($500 million), the stadium promises to be a testament to Morocco’s dedication to hosting world-class sporting events.

Expertise and Experience

The selection of Populous, renowned for its expertise in stadium design, underscores the ambition and caliber of Morocco’s vision for the Grand Stade de Casablanca. With a portfolio boasting iconic venues like Wembley Stadium and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Populous brings a wealth of experience to the project. Collaborating with Moroccan architecture firm Oualalou + Choi, the team aims to deliver a stadium that not only captivates spectators but also pays homage to Morocco’s rich cultural heritage.

Legacy and Impact

As Morocco gears up to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the Grand Stade de Casablanca symbolizes more than just a sporting venue. It represents a beacon of progress and ambition, signaling Morocco’s readiness to take its place on the global stage. Beyond the tournament, the stadium is poised to become a cherished landmark, hosting local and international events while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations of Moroccans.