UK, Ireland EURO 2028 bid stadia list


14 venues shortlisted for EURO 2028 Image: Everton FC

The four nations of United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and Ireland – have submitted a dossier to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) outlining their plans to host EURO 2028, with 14 stadiums across the five countries shortlisted to hold matches, including Everton’s future home at the Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool, England, and Sunderland’s (England) 49,000-capacity Stadium of Light, one of two North-East venues selected. A final list of 10 will be submitted in April 2023.

‘The Guardian’ stated that Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each have one stadium and the Republic of Ireland two, with the remaining nine in England, including two in the North-East, which was controversially overlooked for this year’s Women’s European Championship.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the Eurasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan.

The 2028 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA EURO 2028 or simply EURO 2028, will be the 18th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organized by the UEFA for the senior men’s national teams of its member-associations.

The 52,888-capacity Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium is an under-construction football stadium by the Premier League club Everton F.C. on the Bramley-Moore Dock in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England. The dock itself was built in 1848. The stadium is proposed to be opened in time for the start of the 2023-2024 Premier League seasons, replacing the 39,414-capacity Goodison Park. One-third construction work of the stadium has been completed.

The stadiums selected are: The 42,785-capacity Villa Park in Birmingham, the under-construction Everton Stadium in Liverpool, the 66,000-capacity London Stadium in London, the 62,850-capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium in Wembley, the 53,400-capacity Etihad Stadium in Manchester, the 52,405-capacity St James’s Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Stadium of Light, the 74,310-capacity Old Trafford in Old Trafford, the Dublin Arena in Ireland, the 82,300-capacity Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, the 31,661-capacity Belfast Casement Park Stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the 51,866-capacity Hampden Park in Scotland, and the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

‘The Guardian’ further stated that the UK Government is said to be confident that its joint bid will be approved by the UEFA, with Turkey the only other country in the running. Russia had announced its intention to bid but was ruled out by its UEFA ban from football since its invasion of Ukraine. The UEFA’s Executive Committee will decide the hosts in September 2023.

A joint statement from the United Kingdom nations and Ireland outlining their preliminary vision for the tournament said all stadiums were “well-connected”.

The statement added, “The UK and Ireland’s track record of hosting successful major sporting events over many decades means we have the expertise and experience to take this world-class tournament to new heights.”

The UK and Ireland this year shelved plans to host the 2030 World Cup. The English Football Association’s Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham, cited vast expense and “many areas of uncertainty”.

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