Euro 2028: UK and Ireland Chosen as Hosts

by | Oct 10, 2023 | Football

UEFA will announce today the United Kingdom and Ireland as the host countries for Euro 2028. The announcement will be made during a meeting in Switzerland with representatives from the involved locations. England and Scotland were among the 11 countries that hosted the previous edition in 2021, while Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales have never had the opportunity to host a major tournament.

Ten different stadiums have been selected to host the matches of the European competition, including Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, and London’s Wembley Stadium, which was the venue for the final of the last European Championship.

The agreement also includes Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock, which is under construction, and Belfast’s Casement Park, where revitalization works have not yet started, raising doubts about its completion in time for the tournament.

Due to its capacity of 90,000 people, it is expected that Wembley will once again host the Euro final, as it did in 2021 for the final between England and Italy, and in 2022 for the Women’s Euro final between England and Germany.

In addition to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Italy had also applied to host the tournament but later joined a joint bid with Turkey, which offered to host both the 2028 and 2032 tournaments. Both countries are expected to be confirmed as hosts for the tournament nine years from now.

In June, Istanbul hosted the Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan, but the country has not yet had the opportunity to host a major event. The 2024 edition will take place in Germany, with 10 cities participating from June 14 to July 14.

Here is the complete list of stadiums offered by the United Kingdom and Ireland:

Wembley Stadium (London) – Capacity of 90,652 people
Principality Stadium (Cardiff) – Capacity of 73,952 people
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) – Capacity of 62,322 people
Etihad Stadium (Manchester) – Capacity of 61,000 people
Everton Stadium (Liverpool) – Capacity of 52,679 people
St James’ Park (Newcastle) – Capacity of 52,305 people
Villa Park (Birmingham) – Capacity of 52,190 people
Hampden Park (Glasgow) – Capacity of 52,032 people
Aviva Stadium (Dublin) – Capacity of 51,711 people
Casement Park (Belfast) – Capacity of 34,500 people

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