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UK & Ireland confirm stadiums for Euro 2028 bid

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The FA have confirmed that the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland have submitted a ‘preliminary bid dossier’ in their campaign to host Euro 2028, with 14 stadiums nominated to host matches.

The five nations have long been touted to make a bid for a major tournament, with the 2030 World Cup first suggested.

Instead, they are making a run to host Euro 2028 instead, with an official statement confirming the bid released on Wednesday.

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“The UK & Ireland Bid to host UEFA EURO 2028 has today submitted our Preliminary Bid Dossier – a key moment in UEFA’s campaign process,” the statement read.

“The bid sets out our clear and compelling vision for UEFA EURO 2028: ‘Football for all. Football for good. Football for the future’.

“Key to this vision is a commitment to diversity, social purpose and innovation in delivering an outstanding UEFA EURO 2028 that will create unforgettable memories in sold-out, iconic stadia in famous football cities known throughout the world.

“We are delighted that Government Partners of the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and officials in Northern Ireland, support this bid.

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“Together, we believe we can deliver a world-class tournament, and that hosting UEFA EURO 2028 will achieve a strong and sustainable legacy for football and wider society, helping to drive economic growth in local communities.

“Working with UEFA, our plan is to host a tournament that will be a catalyst for transformational grassroots football development – with a promise to share legacy initiatives with European National Associations to accelerate growth across the continent.

“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.

“Our compact plan and pioneering, multi-partner collaboration can usher in a new era for the EURO. Through the latest digital and marketing innovations, we will help UEFA and its partners engage new audiences and the world’s youth to extend the impact and reach of the tournament further than ever before.”

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14 stadiums have been included in the bid, with the majority of them coming from England.

Of England’s nine nominated stadiums, three of them are in London – Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and London Stadium. Villa Park, Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park, Stadium of Light and Everton’s new stadium are also part of the bid.

Two Irish stadiums – Aviva Stadium and Croke Park – feature in the bid, as does Casement Park Stadium in Northern Ireland.

Scotland’s Hampden Park and Wales’ Principality Stadium complete the bid.

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