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2006 FIFA World Cup™: Strict criteria for stadium selection

Standards for selecting the ten to twelve FIFA World Cup venues have been set extremely high. The new 141 page dossier of criteria, "2006 Stadia", distributed to the 16 bidding cities at a workshop in Frankfurt, will provide the Organising Committee of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany (OC) with an objective basis for evaluation.

"In five years time, our FIFA World Cup stadia should meet the highest possible standards, whether in terms of comfort, technology, atmosphere or safety", said OC vice-president Horst R. Schmidt of the quality standards imposed.

The basic requirements for 2006 stadia are:

Capacity: The minimum requirement is 40,000 seats for group, second round and quarter-final matches; and 60,000 seats for the opening game, semi-finals, third place play-off and Final. In addition, the VIP stand must seat a mini-mum of 1,000 people in the early rounds, increasing to 2,500 for the Final.

Media facilities: The press stand must provide seats and desks for between 600 (early rounds) and 2,000 (Final) members of the press, as well as 200 to 300 three-seat monitor desks for TV and radio commentators.

To ensure high quality TV broadcasting of FIFA World Cup matches across the globe, each stadium must have 30 camera platforms and a 2,500m2 press centre, complete with accreditation office.

Entry control: The objective is to have an automatic chip-card entry system compatible across all stadia in place by 2004.

Marketing: The stadium operators must guarantee the OC that the venues will be free of advertising for the duration of the FIFA World Cup. The stadia and cities must be fitted out in accordance with special FIFA guidelines. All advertis-ing measures and activities will be co-ordinated by FIFA and the OC.

Stadium technology such as electronic displays screens, loud speaker systems and floodlighting will also come under close scrutiny. Other com-pulsory criteria in the catalogue focus on safety, transport infrastructure, hotels/accommodation and the environment.

The OC dossier actually elaborates on the criteria stipulated by FIFA and the German Football Association (DFB) and goes into greater detail in many areas. This version will form the basis for selecting the ten to twelve FIFA World Cup stadia. The decision is expected to be announced in Au-tumn 2002.

Deadline: all documents, plans and sketches must be submitted to the OC by 15 December 2001 without exception!