Euro 2028: The Stadiums That Will Host the Action in UK and Ireland’s Joint Bid

REVEALED: The 10 stadiums that will stage matches if the UK and Ireland win the race to host Euro 2028… with Manchester United’s Old Trafford and the London Stadium both missing out

Old Trafford will not host games at Euro 2028 after the largest club ground in England was cut from the list of venues submitted to UEFA as part of the UK and Ireland’s bid.

Ten stadiums have been proposed to stage matches at the tournament, including two which have not yet been built – Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock and Casement Park in Belfast.

But Old Trafford, which boasts the highest capacity in England after Wembley and was on the bid’s original 14-stadium shortlist, has been snubbed in in a damning indictment of the neglect shown to the ground by United’s owners, the Glazer family.

Instead, Manchester City’s more modern Etihad Stadium has been chosen as the Manchester venue, with its 53,400 capacity set to be increased to 61,000 – still far smaller than the 74,300 of the Theatre of Dreams.

United said they ‘mutually agreed to withdraw from the shortlist’ because they could not provide ‘the necessary certainty around the availability of Old Trafford due to potential redevelopment of the stadium’.

Old Trafford will not host games at Euro 2028 after the largest club ground in England was cut from the list of venues submitted to UEFA as part of the UK and Ireland's bid
Full details behind the UK and Ireland's Euro 2028 bid have been revealed, with Wembley Stadium one of ten venues named to stage matches during the tournament
Belfast's Gaelic Football venue Casement Park (pictured in 2020) is the surprise inclusion on the list and is in the process of being redeveloped after being in a state of dereliction

As well as the Etihad and Everton’s new stadium, the other English grounds chosen are Wembley, St James’ Park and Villa Park – the only three venues which also hosted matches at Euro 96 – and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Anfield was never in the running because its pitch size does not meet UEFA requirements.

Casement Park, a Gaelic games venue in Belfast, has been selected even though it has not been used since 2013 and work has yet to start on transforming it into a new 34,500-capacity stadium.

The other grounds picked are Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

West Ham’s London Stadium, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Dublin’s Croke Park join Old Trafford in being dropped from the original shortlist.

UEFA will vote on the hosts of the 2028 tournament in the autumn, with the UK and Ireland only up against Turkey, who have unsuccessfully bid to host every Euros since 2008 and are expected to miss out again.

The Aviva Stadium in Dublin has been included as one of the ten stadiums named in the plans
Hampden Park has been chosen as the stadium to represent Scotland
Map showing the ten stadiums that have been selected as part of the UK and Ireland's bid
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been selected as the second London venue

The British and Irish bid runs under the slogan, ‘For all, for good, for the future’ and promises there will be a record three million tickets available for the tournament.

A joint statement from the five British and Irish FAs said: ‘High-capacity, world-famous football grounds and state-of-the-art new venues will provide the platform for the biggest and most commercially successful UEFA Euro ever – making us a low risk, high reward host.’

The British and Irish bid has been backed by prime minister Rishi Sunak, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, Scotland’s first minister Humza Yousaf and Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford.

They said in a statement: ‘It will be the biggest sporting event our islands have ever jointly staged – a passionate and unforgettable celebration, with long-term benefits for our cities and communities as well as all European football.’

The bid submission predicts that the 2028 tournament will generate ‘cumulative socio-economic benefits of up to £2.6billion for our nations’. Sustainability is placed as a top priority, with a promise that 80 per cent of ticket holders will be able to travel to matches by public transport.

The UK and Ireland initially intended to launch a joint bid to stage the World Cup in 2030 but abandoned those plans last year in favour of Euro 2028.

Villa Park in Birmingham has made the list
Newcastle's St James' Park is also included

Stadiums named in the UK and Ireland’s Euro 2028 bid

Casement Park (Belfast) – 34,500

Dublin Arena – 51,711

Etihad Stadium (Manchester) – 61,000

Everton’s new ground at Bramley Moore Dock (Liverpool) – 52,679

Hampden Park (Glasgow) – 52,032

Principality Stadium (Cardiff) – 73,952

St James’ Park (Newcastle) – 52,305

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) – 62,322

Villa Park (Birmingham) – 52,190

Wembley Stadium (London) – 90,652


FA and bid chair Debbie Hewitt added: ‘Our pioneering five-way partnership will deliver a record-breaking and unforgettable UEFA Euro. We will work together tirelessly to be the best partners for UEFA and to deliver on every one of our shared priorities.

‘We will focus on growing football, connecting with and engaging new fans, players and volunteers.

‘We continue to invest £50million annually into grassroots football development across our five associations.

‘Together, we want UEFA Euro 2028 to be the catalyst for a new and sustainable era for football, from the grassroots to the very top of the European game.’


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