Bristol's Bid

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.

New Stadium

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 design.

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 Accommodation

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 bedrooms.

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 side.

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 to all.

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 Sites Come & Play Sites
Ashton Court                   Greville Smyth Park
Eastville Park  Millennium Square
Weston-Super-Mare        Queen Square
  Clifton Downs