The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC), London’s most prestigious purpose built centre for professional meetings and events, is hosting the final stage of the host city selection process for the England 2018 World Cup Bid this week.
Fifteen cities have applied to be considered for inclusion in England’s Bid Book as a Candidate Host City – Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, NewcastleGateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.
The final stage will see presentations from all 15 cities over three days and will culminate with a press conference at the Centre on Wednesday to announce the cities that will be included in England’s Bid Book.
Successful cities will show they have the infrastructure necessary to meet or exceed FIFA’s requirements – including stadiums, training venues, base camps and fan parks. They will have excellent accommodation and transport services and robust plans for safety, security and sustainability. Successful cities will also have strong public backing for their bid, along with the support of local and regional media.
Bid Books must be delivered to FIFA by 14th May 2010 and then FIFA will assess the bids. In December 2010, FIFA’s Executive Committee will select the hosts for the 2018 and the 2022 FIFA World Cups™. There are nine bidders for the 2018 tournament.