Twickenham proposed as a World Cup 2018 venue
The home of egg chasing could host international football
Twickenham – referred to as “Twickers” by those who own hampers and chinos – could be used as a World Cup 2018 venue, according to The Daily Mail. England’s 2018 World Cup bid team must submit their detailed bid for the tournament in May 2010, and are said to be interested in using the 82,000 capacity stadium:
Andy Anson, the bid chief executive, and his staff plan to hold what could prove complicated discussions with the Rugby Football Union in the belief that Twickenham could be one of the three London stadiums they present to FIFA’s executive committee.
Holding a major football event at Twickenham would be unprecedented in English rugby, but the 2018 team are, understandably, reluctant to ignore the second biggest stadium in the country.
Of the ten stadiums which will be used in South Africa, three have 70,000+ capacities. At present, just Wembley and Old Trafford can hold this much in England, so it makes sense to include Twickenham in the plan. On the other hand, using three stadiums in the capital may make the tournament a little ‘London-centric’ – just one London stadium was used during Euro 96 (although, to be fair, there were only 16 teams and eight stadiums).