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Morocco bid needs $16 billion for plans to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco bid needs $16 billion for plans to host 2026 World Cup
From ESPN - March 17, 2018

Morocco says it will need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated.

With less than three months until FIFA votes to select the host, the north African nation on Saturday presented details of its proposal to take on the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure, including large NFL stadiums already hosting events, while Morocco is touting a compact area and central time zone.

When FIFA insiders score the bids, infrastructure -- of which half relates to stadiums -- will account for 70 percent of the panel's mark. The remaining 30 percent is based on projected costs and revenues. A high-risk bid can be disqualified before the FIFA Congress votes on June 13.

Morocco 2026 (@Morocco2026_EN) March 17, 2018

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