Host Cities and Venues for the Ninth FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
The upcoming ninth FIFA Women's World Cup is set to take place in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20. Here are the host cities and their respective venues for this highly anticipated tournament:
1. Sydney (Gadigal):
- Stadium Australia (70,000 capacity): Hosts Australia's opening game against Ireland and all knockout round matches, including the final.
- Sydney Football Stadium (42,000): Rebuilt and reopened recently, it will stage five group matches and a round of 16 tie.
2. Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau):
- Eden Park (50,000): Known as the spiritual home of New Zealand rugby, this venue will host six group matches, a round of 16 tie, quarter-final, and semi-final.
3. Melbourne (Naarm):
- Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (30,000): Part of a sports complex that includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it will host four group matches and two round of 16 ties.
4. Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara):
- Wellington Regional Stadium (35,000): Known as "The Cake Tin," this centrally located stadium will host seven group matches, a round of 16 tie, and a quarter-final.
5. Dunedin (Otepoti):
- Dunedin Stadium (30,000): An enclosed stadium that hosts rugby and concerts, it will stage six group matches.
6. Brisbane (MeaAnjin):
- Lang Park (52,500): Home to Queensland rugby league and the Brisbane Roar A-League team, it will host five group matches, a round of 16 tie, a quarter-final, and the third-fourth playoff.
- Waikato Stadium (25,800): A multi-purpose facility primarily used for rugby, it will host five group matches.
- Hindmarsh Stadium (16,500): The home of Adelaide United, this boutique stadium will host four group matches and a round of 16 match.
- Perth Oval (20,500): Formerly an Australian Rules venue, it is now the home ground of Perth Glory and will host five group matches.
These host cities offer a diverse range of cultural and geographical experiences, ensuring an exciting backdrop for the tournament.