Ireland to co-host Euro 2028 football tournament

Two stadia on the island of Ireland will be among 10 across the UK and Ireland to host the prestigious Euro 2028 competition.

The UK and Ireland’s joint bid to host the prestigious football tournament Euro 2028 has been formally approved by UEFA. It will be the biggest event ever hosted by the UK and Ireland working together.

Ten stadia will host the matches including one each in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland and six in England. The final will be held in Wembley Stadium in London.

The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host the matches played in Ireland. The world-class 51,000-capacity stadium stages football and rugby matches as well as hosting visiting American football teams.

Aviva’s seats are all under cover and there are 230 places for wheelchair users. The stadium operates as a sustainable venue and is consistently working to become more environmentally friendly.

In a multi-million-pound investment to begin next year, Northern Ireland’s Casement Park is to be redeveloped in time for the tournament and will have 34,000 seats.

Ireland has been ranked the friendliest country in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller and Dublin the third friendliest city so players and fans alike can expect a warm welcome when they travel to the island of Ireland for Euro 28 matches.

And as well as enjoying the matches they will be encouraged to take the opportunity to see what Belfast and Dublin have to offer.

In Belfast, this will include Titanic Belfast, voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, which tells the story of the tragic liner through an immersive visitor experience, and historic Crumlin Road Gaol. The city’s lively Cathedral Quarter will be perfect for a pre or post-match drink, while Game of Thrones fans should not miss the Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

Football fans travelling to Dublin should take the chance to visit the Guinness Storehouse, a stylish multimedia exhibition covering everything from the brand’s retro advertising to the craft of brewing.

Other city highlights include the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, which was named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

And for the all-important celebrations, or commiserations, after the final whistle blows, the Temple Bar area is the place to enjoy a drink and a bit of craic as the Euro 28 match excitement spills on to the streets.