Summary of Bristol’s 2018 Host City World Cup Bid
Hosting Concepts - Bristol 2018: Come and Play
Bristol will be inviting the world to come and play, providing exciting, innovative and quirky
environments in which to enjoy the World Cup. The city benefits from a diverse population; its
multicultural society, open spaces and strong foundations in creative industries contribute to
making Bristol a thriving social and economic setting for the worlds most watched tournament.
With strong roots in football, the area benefits from being at the real heart of sport. Bristol is
an area where a real passion for football thrives. A passion that is not only seen through the
city’s fans and their respective teams, but also through its extremely popular public leagues
played throughout the city. Bristol’s Downs League alone consists of over 50 teams.
As the gateway to the South West, Bristol acts as a business driven and creative international
hub located in the heart of some of the most celebrated countryside in Britain. The city is
preparing to utilise its most powerful assets in welcoming the world to come and play in 2018.
Bristol’s bid has a strong emphasis in inviting people from all over the world to use football as
a means of enjoying the city’s full potential. Therefore, there is a huge focus on encouraging
spectators to get involved in activities and games during their stay within the city. Football at
all levels acts as a great ambassador for cultural diversity and will be the basis at the centre
of Bristol’s bid.
The centrepiece of Bristol bid to host the FIFA 2018 World Cup will be its new state of art
44,000 all-seater stadium. The Stadium will be the new home of Bristol City Football Club and
within view of the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. It will provide one of the most
inspiring and iconic images of a FIFA World Cup in England, breaking new ground in stadium
Its design, unique to English football, has been chosen to create an unrivalled and exciting
atmosphere with unbroken 'banks' of fans around the pitch. Football fans have been involved
in every stage of the design process to ensure that the supporter experience will be at the
heart of every match day.
The stadium’s design will act as a benchmark for future sustainable developments. An
advanced rainwater harvesting facility will provide pitch irrigation and the water supply for the
stadium's toilet flushing requirements. It will also boast the latest thermal performance design
standards, cutting air leakage by 50 percent and reducing the building’s carbon footprint. Its
lightweight and translucent facade will also reduce the demand on artificial lighting and the
development of a new local wildlife and wetlands area adjacent to the stadium will add to its
ethical and sustainable legacy for the region.
Team Hotels and Training Sites
Team hotels and training sites are the locations where the travelling teams playing in Bristol
during the tournament will be based. They offer teams a comfortable and private space in
which to relax and train prior to their matches. The priority around the selection of locations is
the quality of accommodation, facilities available and level of service. The allocation of venue
specific training sites to hotels is generally interchangeable although, for ease of access.
All training sites will provide secure environments and will meet all FIFA specifications. There
will also be extensive communication infrastructure provided, including telephone and
broadband connectivity with WiFi planned for all sites.
Bristol is the fourth most visited city in the UK and with substantial levels of investment in
modern hotels, Bristol’s spectacular success over the past 20 years as a tourist destination is
clear to see. Within 20km of the city centre there are over 2,700 four-star standard hotel
In addition, there has been significant growth in self-catering and serviced accommodation.
With over 1,600 budget hotel rooms, 100 bed and breakfast providers and within an hours
drive of the city, an extra 5,000 hotel rooms are available to visiting World Cup fans. Our
accommodation proposals also includes the provision of dedicated camping facilities close to
the official Fan Fest sites and an official caravan club positioned on Bristol’s historical harbour
Bristol is well equipped to both meet and exceed the needs and expectations of FIFA, players
and fans during the tournament.
Bristol is reducing congestion whilst increasing growth and prosperity. The city is Britain’s first
Cycling City and the only UK city short-listed for the EU green capital award. With an
international airport and rail links to the country’s largest cities, Bristol is an attractively
positioned city for travelling fans.
The city centre, stadium and the Ashton Court Fan Fest site are ideally located, meaning that
getting around this maritime city couldn’t be easier. These three main areas of interest create
a proximity triangle whereby travelling fans are no more that 3km from any site. Dedicated
shuttle services linking the stadium with Bristol International Airport and an interconnected
pedestrian and cycling boulevard route make the stadium and Fan Fest site highly accessible
With major transport schemes planned for the city by 2018 including the £50m core transport
investment programme in Bristol coupled with the £1bn proposed government investment in
the electrification of the Great Western Main Line between London and Bristol Temple Meads,
the city can further boast a unique integrated transport solution as a host city.
Fan Fests and Come and Play Sites
Fan Fest sites are areas in the city which provide spaces for the screening of live matches.
These spaces have been selected due to their size and relative location within the city. The
sites allow fans to travel to the city and still enjoy the tournament even if they don’t have
tickets for the games. In Germany during the 2006 World Cup, there were over 18 million
visitors to the Fan Fest sites, offering spectators areas for watching live matches,
refreshments and entertainment. Bristol’s proposed Come and Play sites offer spectators
further areas to enjoy the tournament. These sites can be used for tourist information but are
also designed to encourage visitors to play the sport in mini tournaments across the city.
Bristol is a city that already hosts an annual programme of events and festivals that fill the
calendar from April to October. Its blend of open spaces and superb international venues
means that it is extremely well placed to host a number of simultaneous events during the
2018 World Cup.
Our intention is to spread the excitement of the World Cup across both the city and the
region, bringing the World Cup to Bristol and the South West and showcasing the area to the
rest of the world. The locations proposed for the 2018 World Cup in Bristol are;
FIFA Fan Fest Come and Play Sites
Ashton Court Greville Smyth Park
Eastville Park Millennium Square
Weston-Super-Mare Queen Square