The United Kingdom and Ireland have submitted their joint bid to host Euro 2028, setting out plans to stage a “record-breaking and unforgettable” tournament.
Almost three million tickets will be available, which is more than any previous tournament organised by Uefa, with fans split across 10 stadiums with an average capacity of 58,000.
The host nations have proposed a “world class” stadia concept to Uefa which is “tailor-made” for the Euros. The five football associations are confident that the UK and Ireland having “excellent technical facilities and operational experience” will be a key draw to their bid.
There is a belief that they already have the infrastructure in place to host such an event making it a “low risk, high reward” venture that “will provide the platform for the biggest and most commercially successful” Euros ever.
Euro 2028 venues: The proposed host cities and stadiums
- London, Wembley Stadium (capacity: 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)
The bid includes matches across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with more tickets available than for any previous European Championship finals.
Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, St James’ Park, Villa Park and Everton’s new stadium – which is still under construction – will all host matches in England, as will Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, which has been preferred to Old Trafford.
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Hampden Park in Glasgow, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Casement Park in Belfast – which requires building work – are the other venues being proposed in the bid.
The only competing bid has come from Turkey, who have put forward a proposal to host either Euro 2028 or Euro 2032, with the winning bid set to be announced by Uefa in September.
“Our pioneering five-way partnership will deliver a record-breaking and unforgettable Uefa Euro,” Debbie Hewitt, chair of UK and Ireland bid, said in a statement.
“We will work together tirelessly to be the best partners for Uefa and to deliver on every one of our shared priorities.
“We will focus on growing football, connecting with and engaging new fans, players and volunteers.
“We continue to invest £50m annually into grassroots football development across our five associations.
“Together, we want Uefa Euro 2028 to be the catalyst for a new and sustainable era for football, from the grassroots to the very top of the European game.”
Additional reporting by Press Association