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UK & Ireland to host Euro 2028: Venues and Format

The UK and Republic of Ireland have been officially announced by UEFA as the hosts of Euro 2028.

With the 2028 tournament destined to head to British and Irish shores, here’s a look at the tournament format and the venues proposed to stage the action.

The bid

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland announced their joint bid to stage the tournament on 7th February 2022.

There were other groups of nations that had expressed an interest in hosting Euro 2028, including a proposed bid from the combination of Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

However, the 23rd March 2022 deadline to submit a proposal came and went only four bids had been entered.

The UK and Ireland, along with separate bids from Italy, Turkey and Russia had all been entered, but through being made ineligible or abandoning their proposals, only one bid remained.

Format

Much like Euro 2024 to be held in Germany next summer, Euro 2028 is set to feature 24 teams from across the continent with six groups of four nations.

Group winners, the runners-up and the best four third-placed nations will advance to the round of 16, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. 

Venues

Wembley Stadium (London) (capacity 90,652)

The home of the England national team, Wembley is the stadium with the biggest capacity in the United Kingdom.

A venue that has also hosted rugby union, rugby league and American football, the iconic London stadium would be the most likely location for the Euro 2028 final.

Principality Stadium (Cardiff) (capacity 73,952)

The home of Welsh rugby, the Principality Stadium is lauded as arguably the best venue for atmosphere in the annual Six Nations.

Wales’ national football side often plays nearby at the Cardiff City Stadium, but that would be too small to host European Championship games.

The only stadium on the list that has a retractable roof, the Principality Stadium would offer a unique matchday experience for supporters.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) (capacity 62,322)

Opened in April 2019, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has become a go-to destination for football supporters looking for the modern football experience.

Built on the site of Tottenham’s old ground of White Hart Lane, the new stadium has become an example for many teams to follow.

A stadium that has also hosted matches from the NFL, fans from around Europe will be hoping to their side has a potential group game at this almost futuristic venue.

Etihad Stadium (Manchester) (capacity 61,000)

The home of the reigning English and European champions, the Eithad Stadium has seen some of Manchester City’s greatest games.

Somewhat controversially selected ahead of the larger stadium across the city at Old Trafford, the Etihad is set to represent the football hotbed that is the North West of England.

Everton Stadium (Liverpool) (capacity 52,679)

Not yet completed, Everton Stadium on Bramley-Moore Dock in Vauxhall, Liverpool will be another modern venue for football fans to visit.

Everton are set to play at their new home for the 2024-25 season and should be well settled into their new surroundings by the time Euro 2028 rolls around.

St James' Park (Newcastle) (capacity 52,305)

An iconic stadium in the heart of the city, Newcastle United’s St James’ Park is one of the most famous grounds in the country.

Having hosted previous football tournaments and the rugby union World Cup in 2015, Newcastle and St James’ Park knows how to put on a show.

Villa Park (Birmingham) (capacity 52,190)

Another iconic ground that will be representing the Midlands, Villa Park is another traditional ground set to host Euro 2028 games.

While far from the most modern, the home of Aston Villa will offer up an authentic English football experience for supporters from across the continent.

Hampden Park (Glasgow) (capacity 52,032)

Scotland’s sole venue selected for the tournament is not in the capital Edinburgh, but in the football hotbed that is Glasgow.

Hampden Park has hosted countless big international games and even a Champions League final. Those visiting will possibly get to witness the “Hampden Roar”, especially if Scotland are in action.

Aviva Stadium (Dublin) (capacity 51,711)

The home of the Republic of Ireland national side and Ireland rugby union team, the Aviva Stadium is an excellent addition to the venue list.

Along with the nightlife that Dublin provides, the Aviva is a modern stadium that will showcase the best the Republic of Ireland has to offer. 

Casement Park (Belfast) (capacity 34,500)

A stadium traditionally known to host Gaelic games in Belfast, Casement Park is Northern Ireland’s only venue selected for Euro 2028.

The ground is set for redevelopment next year ahead of the major tournament to bring it up to 21st century standards.

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