UK and Ireland to Host 2028 European Football Championships

The UK and Ireland have been selected to host the 2028 European Football Championships, with Belfast's Casement Park set for a £308 million redevelopment. The project's funding is partially secured, with contributions from Stormont, the Irish Government, and the GAA, pending a final report from UEFA.

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UK and Ireland to Host 2028 European Football Championships

UK and Ireland to Host 2028 European Football Championships

The UK and Ireland have been selected to host the 2028 European Football Championships, with Belfast's Casement Park set to undergo a £308 million redevelopment to host some of the tournament's games. The project's funding has been uncertain, but Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill has expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity, calling it "an epic time" to showcase Belfast and the island's economy.

Why this matters: This event has the potential to bring significant economic benefits to the region, with the tournament expected to attract a large number of visitors and generate substantial revenue. Additionally, the hosting of the championships could also have a positive impact on the region's international reputation and cultural exchange.

The redevelopment of Casement Park, a derelict GAA stadium in west Belfast, is a key part of the hosting bid. The estimated costs for the project have risen to £308 million, with funding contributions confirmed from Stormont at £62.5 million, the Irish Government at £42.8 million, and the GAA at £15 million. However, the UK Government's contribution remains unclear at this stage.

Michelle O'Neill has been a vocal supporter of the redevelopment and hosting bid. "Hosting the 2028 European Football Championships in a world-class Casement Park presents our island and economy with an unprecedented opportunity," she stated. "This is our time to shine and showcase everything that we have to offer as hosts."

A final report from UEFA is expected in June after officials visit Belfast to discuss proposals for hosting tournament games in the city. Former Stormont economy minister Conor Murphy indicated that the report should be released next month. The tournament is expected to bring a significant boost to the local economy and showcase the region's culture and people on an international stage.

The selection of the UK and Ireland as hosts for the 2028 European Football Championships marks a major milestone for both nations. Belfast and Dublin are set to join a prestigious list of host cities across Europe. "It will be a magnificent boost to our local economy and an epic opportunity to really show the world everything that is great about our people and island," O'Neill emphasized. As the redevelopment of Casement Park moves forward, all eyes will be on Belfast as it prepares to shine on the global football stage in 2028.

Key Takeaways

  • UK and Ireland to host 2028 European Football Championships.
  • Belfast's Casement Park to undergo £308m redevelopment.
  • Funding: £62.5m from Stormont, £42.8m from Irish Gov, £15m from GAA.
  • UK Gov's contribution unclear; final UEFA report expected in June.
  • Tournament expected to bring significant economic benefits and cultural exchange.