Seven stadiums in Belgium have been selected for the Holland-Belgium World Cup bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The seven  Belgian stadium sites which are to be included in the bid book to FIFA include:  Petroleum Zuid -  Antwerp, Chartreuse - Bruges, King Baudouin Stadium - Brussels,  Marchienne – Charleroi, Artevelde Stadium – Ghent, Arena Stadium – Genk, Sclessin – Liège.

The proposed selection will see a new national stadium built in Brussels which will seat 70,000 spectators, an increase of 5,000 from the current stadium.

There are also plans in place for Antwerp, Bruges, Charleroi, Ghent and Liège to all have new stadiums with the Cristalarena Stadium in Genk being renovated to meet standards.

The announcement for the Belgium stadia came following a meeting in December led by the Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme and Minister for Finance Didier Reynders, who received the sports representatives of the candidate regions.

Ambassador of the Belgian government for the 2018/2022 World Cup bid, Alain Courtois, was also in attendance at the meeting.

Posted on 21/12/2009