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Are you so thick you didn't get it?

I was referring to the city of manchester stadium...its very limited in terms of any expansion without removing the roof.

I don't think there is any real need to expand Eastlands at this time. Certainly, Manchester City's attendances don't justify increasing capacity at the moment and you would risk losing the look of the place.

Also, remember the stadium had its capacity increased by about 25% after the Commonwealth Games.

Leeds - Elland Road 40,000 (needs total revamping, or new stadium)

A few years ago, during the days of Peter Ridsdale's chairmanship, there was talk of a 55,000 capacity stadium being built on the outskirts of Leeds, but I don't think that has been mentioned for some time. I'd much rather see them redevelop Elland Road. Compared to the huge East Stand, the other three sides do look rather outdated and ugly.

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Are these the actual stadiums we are going to use or is that just a prediction? Because I cant imagine them using Hilsborough and Bristol, when there are so many better options! Some of these stadiums listed are pretty ugly(remember those futuristic stadiums in japan and korea?). I cant believe no one has suggested the new stadium being built in milton keynes!? it looks gorgeous and will hold 30,000 and could be easily upgraded to 40,000...plus MK is a clean, modern city and is the fastest growing in the UK. Southampton's ground should also be an option with it being modern, easily upgradable to 40,000+, In a nice area by the seaside etc.... I also think that if they use St. James Park in Newcastle it would need a lot of work taken out on it.... yes i know it has a good capacity but it is SO lob-sided with one half looking like the San Siro and the other half looking like Highbury!

Also, with the current state of MK Dons, formerly Wimbledon's, playing fortunes, I don't understand why they're building a 30,000 seater stadium at all. Surely it would be better to have a smaller stadium which they can upgrade if they need to.

Equally, with Southampton, attendances don't make increasing capacity a short-term requirement. Of course, if they get back to the Premiership that may change, and the stadium has been built in such a way it can be increased to a capacity of 52,000, but given the general situation at the club, I didn't think that was the right choice.

But, you still raise an important point - namely that England is almost spoilt for choice for top class football grounds. For the 12 that I've listed, I could list at least the same number again of grounds that either would meet requirements now, or where they are not far away from doing so in the future.

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England has the necessary infrastructure to welcome hundreds of thousands, if not millions of football fans for the World Cup. Each of the host cities has top-class hotel facilities for those who want to see the tournament in style, while around the country there are countless bed and breakfasts and camping sites for fans who are on more of a budget.

Fans will also be encouraged to travel, where possible, to England 2018 matches by public transport. All the host cities can be reached within three hours from London by rail and the host cities will also run park and ride schemes for the tournament. Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Sunderland also have light railway systems which directly serve host venues.

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Security for any major event is, of course, vital. It needs to be thorough, but not overbearing in order to win and maintain the co-operation of the paying public who will be attending the event.

England 2018 will benefit from the expertise of the British security services. Every supporter attending a game will be searched on their way into the stadium and anyone carrying offensive articles will not be admitted. Tickets will also be checked to make sure they match with the identity of the person carrying them. Should this not be the case, the carrier will also be refused entry.

Naturally, this process will take a long time and, therefore, supporters will be urged to arrive at stadia as early as possible to ensure everyone is inside the stadium for kick-off.

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Contracts for the broadcasting rights to World Cup finals tournaments after 2014 have yet to be agreed. However, given the fact that World Cup matches are listed events under UK law, it is anticipated that the BBC and ITV will share the privilege of being host broadcasters for England 2018.

All media outlets, whether broadcast or print, will be able to access a central media centre in London during the tournament, as well as the normal facilities at host stadia.

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Games Allocation

Wembley, London - Opening game plus one other group match, one second round, one quarter-final, one semi-final and the final.

Old Trafford, Manchester - Three group matches, one second round, one quarter-final and one semi-final.

Anfield, Liverpool - Four group matches, one second round and one quarter-final

Ashburton Grove, London - Four group matches, one second round and one quarter-final

St James' Park, Newcastle - Four group matches and one second round

Villa Park, Birmingham - Three group matches, one second round and the third place playoff.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland - Four group matches and one second round

City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester - Four group matches and one second round

Hillsborough, Sheffield - Five group matches

Pride Park, Derby - Five group matches

Madejski Stadium, Reading - Five group matches

Ashton Gate, Bristol - Five group matches

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England 2018 is a bid of football's heartland, of the nation that gave this wonderful sport to the world. If you support this bid, you support football embracing its future and also being proud of its heritage.

Football's heritage begins in England and the next chapter of it should be written here. It has been far too long since England was last able to welcome the world of football to its shores. It is time that football came home.

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