The Grand Stade de Casablanca stands as the proposed name for the upcoming football stadium project in Casablanca, Morocco. Envisioned to be finalized by 2030, this stadium will primarily host football matches, serving as the esteemed home ground for the Morocco national football team. Anticipated to be the second largest stadium, trailing only the Camp Nou, during the 2030 FIFA World Cup, it is planned to accommodate an impressive 113,000 spectators. Once realized, it is set to supersede the renowned Stade Mohammed V.
Originally conceived for the 2010 World Cup bid, which Morocco ultimately lost to South Africa, the project was part of an extensive plan that included five significant stadiums nationwide, such as the Ibn Batouta Stadium, the Stade de Marrakech, and two others in the key cities of Agadir and Fes. Additionally, it was one of the fourteen potential host venues in Morocco’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. In the event of Morocco securing the bid, it was slated to hold the esteemed honor of hosting the Opening and Final matches. However, the opportunity was later secured by the collaborative bid presented by Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Throughout the years, persistent rumors have circulated regarding the potential creation of a new stadium and its speculated completion timeline. These murmurs gained traction, especially following the deterioration of Stade Mohammed V after numerous intense matches, notably involving teams such as Raja Casablanca and Wydad AC. Given their involvement in African interclub competitions and domestic tournaments, the stakes were notably high.
The situation shifted when the Morocco national football team secured a spot in the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, leading the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to spearhead the hosting of prominent football events, including the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations. A noteworthy development emerged with the collaborative efforts between Morocco, Spain, and Portugal, as they jointly vied to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. This progression reignited discussions concerning the long-awaited realization of the Grand Stade of Casablanca, initially proposed for the 2010 and 2026 FIFA World Cups.
These significant advancements were reaffirmed by Fouzi Lekjaa, the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, during a governmental gathering chaired by Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch on June 22, 2023. Fouzi presented a detailed overview of the joint bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup, underscoring the pivotal role of the stadium’s construction in the bidding process.