UEFA Euro 2028: UK and Ireland Secure Hosting Rights, Wembley Set for Final. The excitement surrounding the UEFA European Championship continues to build as the UEFA executive committee confirmed the United Kingdom and Ireland as the hosts for Euro 2028. The prestigious Wembley Stadium is expected to host the final, promising an extraordinary finale to the tournament. England’s national football team manager, Gareth Southgate, expressed his enthusiasm, labeling it a “brilliant opportunity” for the nations involved. The final decision on hosting the next two European Championships was revealed by UEFA today, October 10.
Unanimous Support for the UK-Ireland Bid: Euro 2028
The UEFA executive committee gave its resounding approval to the unopposed five-nation bid from the UK and Ireland, especially after Turkey’s recent withdrawal to focus on a joint bid with Italy for Euro 2032. The tournament will take place in June and July of 2028, marking precisely seven years since England and Scotland successfully hosted games during the rearranged Euro 2020, which encompassed multiple European cities.
A Unique Qualification Process
Traditionally, UEFA grants automatic spots at the finals to host nations. However, due to the extensive involvement of five countries, UEFA anticipates that all five countries will need to qualify for the Euro 2028 finals. This shift aligns with the approach UEFA took during Euro 2020 and received a warm welcome from The Football Association (FA). The FA aims to keep England competitive by having them go through the qualification process.
Ten Spectacular Venues Across the UK and Ireland: Euro 2028
The UK-Ireland bid, submitted in April, includes a total of ten remarkable stadiums. 6 stadiums are located in England and one each in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The selected venues are Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park, Villa Park, and Everton’s new home at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Notable Stats for Euro 2028
- Organizers will make approximately three million tickets available, surpassing the ticket count of any previous European Championship.
- The average stadium capacity will be 58,000, ensuring a larger fan turnout than ever before for the matches.
- Organizers expect that approximately 2.5 million fans will delight in family-friendly and exciting experiences at fan parks, enhancing the vibrant atmosphere of the tournament.
With the anticipation building and preparations well underway, Euro 2028 promises to be a captivating and unforgettable tournament. It will showcase the unity and passion for the sport in the UK and Ireland. Stay tuned for more updates as we inch closer to this highly anticipated event!