Euro 2020: Dublin's Aviva Stadium to host games but will Northern Ireland or the Republic be there?
Dublin's Aviva Stadium will play host to four games in Euro 2020, it has been revealed.
Dublin was one of the 19 cities in the running to stage fixtures in a tournament that will be spread out across 13 venues in a grand plan devised by UEFA president Michel Platini.
This morning in Geneva, the UEFA Executive Committee voted on the respective bids, and the results were made known just after midday.
UEFA EURO 2020 is being staged across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, creating a pan European festival of football that Ireland will now play a key part in delivering.
Dublin scored well in terms of transport and accommodation facilities after the successful staging of the 2011 Europa League final.
Dublin Chamber of Commerce believe the games will be worth €50m to the local economy.
The matches will be held at the Aviva Stadium.
The hosting of three group games and one round of sixteen fixture in Dublin is expected to provide a significant boost to the economy, generating massive tourism exposure for Ireland before and after the games.
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI welcomed the decision:
“Our business, transport and tourism infrastructure along with a world class stadium played a major part in delivering the bid for Ireland along with full political support and everyone involved has worked superbly as a team to bring this event to Dublin. Together, we now look forward to playing our part in hosting what promises to be a ground-breaking, European wide celebration of football.”
The Republic's Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring who travelled to Geneva to assist the bid said,
“It is a marvellous opportunity for our nation to be part of one of the world’s top sporting events and a fantastic opportunity for Irish football fans to enjoy such a prestigious event on their own home soil."
Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke also welcomed the announcement:
“Dublin City Council is delighted with today’s announcement that Dublin will be a host city for the UEFA EURO 2020. We applaud UEFA’s decision to bring EURO 2020 to Dublin. Dublin City Council, in its joint bid with the FAI to bring the UEFA EURO 2020 here, highlighted the city’s first class transport and communications infrastructure as well as the city’s established reputation for staging successful international events."
Scotland's Hampden Park also won the right to host three group games and a last 16 match.
London's Wembley Stadium will host the semi-finals and the final of the Euro 2020 championship, UEFA announced on Friday.
The 90,000-seat stadium, which staged the Champions League finals in 2011 and 2013, beat off a rival bid from Munich for the final three matches of the tournament.
The quarter-finals and three group matches will be held in Munich, Baku, Rome and St Petersburg. The other host cities, which will hold three group games and a last-16 game, are Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest and Brussels.
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