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Cardiff Council backs UK & Ireland UEFA EURO 2028 bid

Principality Stadium. Credit: Matthew Horwood

Cardiff Council has backed the joint UK & Ireland UEFA EURO 2028 bid, jointly submitted today by theFootball Associations of Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Events, Cllr Jennifer Burke, said: “Cardiff is a vibrant and welcoming city, with a really strong track-record of successfully hosting major sporting events, and the prospect, if the UK and Ireland bid is successful, of bringing together football fans from across Europe to enjoy our unique history and culture, as well as the incredible match-day atmosphere, is really exciting for the city.

“It’s potentially a great opportunity to showcase Cardiff to the world, build on our reputation as an international events destination, and deliver economic benefits for the city and the wider region, and beyond that it would also leave a legacy of football for all, with expanded opportunitiesfor people in Cardiff to participate in sport and physical activity.”

If successful, Cardiff matches would be hosted at the National Stadium of Wales, with other matches taking place in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast.

UEFA are expected to announce the winning bid in autumn 2023.