Australia and New Zealand’s bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has been successful after beating rival bidder Colombia by 22 votes to 13 at the FIFA Council meeting in Zurich.
“We believe we have been given a treasure and we will look after that treasure,” New Zealand Football president Johanna Wood. “We will work towards putting women’s football even more front and centre on the world stage.”
South Australian Sports Minister Corey Wingard described the news as an “outstanding result” for Adelaide, with the state government to spend $3.3 million upgrading Hindmarsh Stadium to increase its capacity to hold 22,000 fans.
“We had a [FIFA] delegation here just after the game between the Matildas and Chile and they were super impressed with what they saw,” he told ABC Adelaide.
“We will be investing in sport infrastructure across the state and I will have more to say on that in coming days and weeks.
“We need to work through the detail but we will be spending at least $3.3 million to upgrade Hindmarsh Stadium to make it FIFA compliant.
“We are going to put on one hell of a show. We are talking about group stage matches being held here.
“We will be working hard to get teams based here and playing here, so South Australia can be a big part of it.”