Council backing for Cardiff to be one of the host cities for Euro 2028
Ted Peskett, local democracy reporter
Cardiff Council is set to give its full backing to plans for Cardiff to be one of the host cities for the Euro 2028 tournament.
The UK and Ireland will submit their joint bid to host the renowned football tournament in April this year, and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff could be one of the grounds to be graced by some of the world’s greatest footballer.
Cardiff Council’s cabinet members will meet on Thursday March 23 to discuss the submission of the final tournament bid.
A Cardiff Council cabinet report says that hosting games at the Principality Stadium during the Euros could deliver “significant economic benefits for Cardiff and the City Region”.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Events, Cllr Jennifer Burke, said: “Time and again Cardiff has shown itself capable of hosting world-class sporting events and they don’t come much bigger than the UEFA European Football Championship.
“It’s not just the significant economic benefits hosting games would deliver for the city and the wider region during the tournament, if successful, the bid would showcase the city, building on its reputation as an international events destination, bringing longer-term benefits for tourism.
“Importantly, it would also expand opportunities for people in Cardiff to participate in sport and physical activity.”
The Principality Stadium is one of 14 stadiums across Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England that were short-listed as potential grounds to be part of the final bid.
Other stadiums as part of this list include Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, Dublin Arena, Hampden Park, and Casement Park Stadium.
A final short-list of 10 stadiums will be submitted as part of the bid in April 12.
UEFA will announce the winner of the Euro 2028 bid in autumn 2023 – this could be in September or October according to the council.
The five nation bid to host the tournament will go head to head with a bid being made by Turkey.
Cardiff Council’s cabinet has been recommended to approve the submission of the final tournament bid and sign the host city agreement.
The host city agreement lays out the responsibilities and obligations that are placed on the host city during the course of the football tournament.
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