The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Organising Committee (OC) continued its venue tour with a visit to the stadium construction site in Dresden on Wednesday 6 August 2008.
As in the previous two legs of the tour, the OC team gave an introductory presentation outlining key dates in the selection process, the requirements to be fulfilled, and the decision-making criteria. The presentation included a discussion of the overall site dimensions required for a FIFA World Cup, which in some aspects substantially exceed the areas used in normal league operations.
"This inspection tour is another major milestone on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011. Dresden has visibly made significant progress since the laying of the foundation stone on 12 March this year. Overall, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting venues," commented OC General Coordinator Ulrich Wolter. The new 27,190 capacity Dresden Arena is scheduled for completion in 2009.
The German FA (DFB) executive committee will convene on 29 September for the specific purpose of selecting the host cities for the tournament, before a liaison meeting with FIFA the following morning to finalise the venues for the 6th FIFA Women’s World Cup from 26 June to 17 July 2011. The final host city roster is set to be announced in Berlin at midday on 30 September 2008, exactly 1,000 days before the opening match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011.
The OC inspection tour continues on 13 August in Magdeburg.