Newcastle announced as a host city for UEFA Euro 2028, boosting local economy
UEFA has announced the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid to host Euro 2028 has been successful.
The men’s tournament will be played across England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Newcastle will be one of nine cities to stage the major tournament, with matches being played at St James’ Park.
Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Kemp, commented: “We are delighted Newcastle will be a host city for the men’s UEFA EURO 2028 football tournament after the UK and Ireland’s bid was successful. Newcastle is a great sporting city that is known around the world for its passion for sport.
“The tournament will be another fantastic opportunity to showcase our great city to a global audience and it’s expected to deliver a £98m boost to the local economy. We have an excellent track record of hosting national and international events such as the World Transplant Games, the Rugby League World Cup and the Great North Run.
“We can’t wait to play our part in delivering a successful UEFA EURO 2028 and helping to create a tournament that lives long in the memory of football fans.”
Stephen Patterson, Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd, added: “Newcastle is ready and waiting to play its part in delivering an outstanding UEFA EURO 2028 tournament. We have an excellent track record of hosting world-class sporting events and putting on a sensational show both on and off the pitch.
“The city, its businesses and the people of Newcastle will all be poised and ready to offer a famous Geordie welcome to football fans, and visitors, with the tournament giving us another amazing opportunity to showcase all that the North East has to offer.”
The other English venues that will host the tournament will be Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Etihad Stadium, Everton’s new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock and Villa Park.
Casement Park in Belfast is due to be redeveloped and used as a venue for the tournament, along with the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Glasgow’s Hampden Park and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily
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