The UK and Ireland have officially submitted their bid to host Euro 2028, with the five football associations included in the nations providing UEFA with their preliminary bid documents.
As part of the bid, the 14 shortlisted host stadiums have been revealed. Wembley, London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Villa Park, City of Manchester Stadium, Old Trafford, Everton Stadium, St James’ Park and Stadium of Light would all potentially host matches in England.
Meanwhile, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Belfast’s Casement Park Stadium and Dublin’s Croke Park and Aviva Stadium are also on the shortlist.
A final list of ten stadiums will need to be submitted to UEFA in April 2023 for the UK and Ireland to progress in their bid for the competition six years from now.
The preliminary Candidature File aims to set out “a clear and compelling vision” for the European Championships, accompanied by a slogan: “Football for all. Football for good. Football for the future”.
The statement also reads: “Key to this vision is a commitment to diversity, social purpose and innovation to deliver an exceptional UEFA EURO 2028 that will create lasting memories in sold-out iconic stadiums in famous football cities known around the world.
“We are delighted that government partners from the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and officials from Northern Ireland are supporting this bid. Together we believe we can deliver a world-class tournament. and that hosting UEFA Euro 2028 will achieve a strong and lasting legacy for football and wider society, helping to drive economic growth in local communities.
“Together with UEFA, our plan is to deliver a tournament that will be a catalyst for the transformational development of grassroots football – with the promise of sharing legacy initiatives with European national associations to accelerate growth across the continent. .”
Turkey is also among the candidates hoping to win Euro 2028, with UEFA’s executive committee set to make a decision on hosting Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 in September 2023.
However, the UK and Ireland believe that their offer is the strongest, as evidenced by the preliminary offer documents.
“The UK and Ireland’s track record of hosting successful major sporting events for many decades means we have the expertise and experience to take this world-class tournament to new heights. new heights,” he said.
“Our compact plan and our pioneering, multi-partner collaboration can usher in a new era for the European Championships. Using the latest digital and marketing innovations, we will help UEFA and its partners to attract new audiences and youth from around the extend the impact and reach of the tournament further than ever before.
“Our stadium concept includes a shortlist of 14 proposed venues in famous sporting cities known around the world, including destinations that are home to clubs with great history and European footballing heritage. The plan ensures that all of our cities and stadiums on offer are connected by direct links, travel connections and fast and sustainable accommodation that will provide an unrivaled experience for teams and fans.”