The United Kingdom and Ireland have officially announced their list of stadiums to potentially host Euro 2028 games. Arenas from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland were all chosen in the list of 10 venues. Previously, the group shortlisted 14 stadiums. Later, it trimmed the final list to 10 stadiums. Old Trafford, the Stadium of Light, the London Stadium, and Dublin’s Croke Park did not make the cut.
Official Euro 2028 named in September
UEFA have, however, not chosen a host for the competition just yet. The governing body of the sport in Europe will make the final announcement later this year. Along with the UK/Ireland, Turkey has also submitted an official bid to host the tournament. Italy also previously held interest in hosting Euro 2028, but they pulled out last year. Instead, Italy will attempt to host the 2032 version of the competition.
The Football Association issued a statement regarding the stadium list on Wednesday. “High-capacity, world-famous football grounds and state-of-the-art new venues will provide the platform for the biggest and most commercially successful Euros ever – making us a low risk, high reward host,” stated the English FA.
Two incomplete stadiums make list
Perhaps most interesting about the list is the fact that two stadiums are unfit for use. At least, that is the case right now. Everton’s new stadium is currently under construction. Opening for the stadium is ready for the 2024/25 league season. However, The Guardian recently claimed that construction is months behind. Nevertheless, this timeframe would still be fine considering Euro 2028 is still five years away.
Belfast’s Casement Park is also on the list as well. The historic arena is currently closed and under renovations. Much like Everton’s new stadium, Casement Park is expected to be completely restored by the time Euro 2028 begins.
Potential UK/Ireland host stadiums for Euro 2028
Wembley Stadium (London)
Principality Stadium (Cardiff)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London)
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Everton Stadium (Liverpool)
St James’ Park (Newcastle)
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Hampden Park (Glasgow)
Aviva Stadium (Dublin)
Casement Park (Belfast)
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