12 April 2023| | 2 min read
Newcastle confirmed in UK & Ireland UEFA Euro 28 bid
Football could well be coming home in 2028, with Newcastle at the heart of the action.
Newcastle has today been named as one of ten host cities for the UK and Ireland’s joint bid to host the UEFA Euro 2028 football tournament.
The joint bid would see the men’s tournament played across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Alongside Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, the other host grounds in England are Wembley, Etihad stadium, Villa Park, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the new home of Everton under construction at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool.
Elsewhere, the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, the Dublin Arena, and Casement Park in Belfast would all be set to host fixtures if the bid proves successful.
Pam Smith, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council, said: “The EUFA Euro tournament is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events in the world and it is fantastic for our city to be included in this joint bid.
“Football has provided some truly memorable moments in recent years, including England winning the UEFA Women’s EURO last summer, and it would be incredible for our city to be part of the journey of the men’s team achieving the same success.
“Newcastle has an excellent track record of holding elite sporting events, we’re a city that is set up to deliver, and we’re proud to be part of this bold and inclusive bid which promises to bring our nations together and inspire future generations.”
Newcastle has hosted a number of major sporting events in recent years, including the opening fixture of last year’s Rugby League World Cup, the European Cup rugby finals in 2019, fixtures from the Rugby World Cup in 2015, and each year hosts the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon.