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Published on July 25th, 2023
With the 37th America’s Cup to be held next year, a report in Catalan News offers this update from Barcelona, Spain:
Barcelona port is expecting a huge transformation ahead of the 2024 America’s Cup competition. Overall, an investment of €120 million ($132.6m US) will revamp several areas, with some new buildings to be constructed and other areas to host fans enjoying the event.
The city’s port authority negotiated up to 21 concession contracts, as some of these were affected by the bases of the six sailing teams that will be competing from August next year in the world’s oldest international sports competition still in operation.
Five sailing teams will fight each other to take on the defender of the trophy, the Emirates Team New Zealand. Because of the contest, the port will undergo a huge change, with many well-known buildings being refurbished, like the old IMAX cinema building, or even dismantled altogether, such as the Cinesa cinema.
Other investments will see Barcelona’s aquarium remodeled, new installations at Club Natació Barcelona, the oldest swimming club in Catalonia and home to the first water polo match in Spain, or even new sightseeing points and walking areas. – Full report
Following the publication of the AC37 Protocol and AC75 Class Rule on November 17, 2021, the AC75 Class Rule and AC Technical Regulations were finalized on March 17, 2022. The entry period opened December 1, 2021 and runs until July 31, 2022, but late entries for the 37th America’s Cup may be accepted until May 31, 2023. The Defender was to announce the Match Venue on September 17, 2021 but postponed the venue reveal, confirming it would be Barcelona on March 30, 2022. The 37th America’s Cup will be held in September/October 2024.
Teams revealed to challenge defender Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
• INEOS Britannia (GBR)
• Alinghi Red Bull Racing (SUI)
• Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA)
• NYYC American Magic (USA)
• Orient Express Racing Team (FRA)
September 14-17, 2023 (AC40) – Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
November 30-December 3 (AC40) – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
August 2024 (AC75) – Barcelona, Spain
Additionally, 12 teams will compete in the 2024 Youth & Women’s America’s Cup.