FAI Gleeful As Aviva & Belfast’s Casement Park Are Included In Joint Ireland-UK Euros Bid

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The final Ireland & UK final bid to host UEFA EURO 2028 has been submitted today (April 12th)

The Dublin Arena (a.k.a. Aviva Stadium) and the proposed redeveloped Casement Park GAA Grounds in Belfast have been chosen as the Irish stadia for the bid to host Euro 2028.

The Gaelic Athletic Association had approved Casementy and Croke Park for the bid but the Dublin GAA venue is not included in the final proposal which has been submitted to UEFA.

Wembley, St James’ Park, Villa Park, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the City of Manchester Stadium and the new Everton Stadium are the English venues included.

The National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff and Hampden Park, Glasgow complete the list ahead of UEFA’s final decision which will be made in September.

The proposed host cities and 10 stadia across the five partner Associations are (gross capacity order):

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

Almost three million tournament tickets available – more than any previous UEFA EURO
Average stadia capacity of 58,000 so more fans than ever before will attend matches
Matches hosted around our nations and regions to reach as many communities as possible
Our bid also places sustainability and good governance practice as top priorities:

To mark the bid submission moment, the Captains of our men’s national football teams showed their support for the Ireland & UK bid:

1. Séamus Coleman, Ireland
2. Harry Kane, England
3. Steven Davis, Northern Ireland
4. Andy Robertson, Scotland
5. Aaron Ramsey, Wales

The FAI predict UEFA EURO 2028 will generate cumulative socio-economic benefits of up to €3 billion (£2.6 billion) for our nations, €241 million of which will be generated in Ireland*

A €51 million (£45 million) legacy fund will be invested to develop football and create additional legacies for grassroots football

The tournament will help create positive long-term community impact through volunteering, tourism and other training opportunities that provide people with skills for life

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said:

“I am happy that the Government has agreed to support the Ireland and UK joint bid for UEFA EURO 2028. This tournament represents a huge opportunity for Ireland to welcome Europe and the world to our shores, to display our world-class facilities and to host an event that benefits all. It is also an opportunity to ensure long-lasting benefits for League of Ireland, local and youth football

I am particularly pleased that the collaborative effort has worked well and has served to strengthen ties with our partners, north-south and east-west.”