Just in: UEFA make big Newcastle United announcement

The UEFA Executive Committee convened on the morning of October 10, 2023. During the meeting, they were presented with the UK and Ireland’s bid for Euro 2028, the sole bidders for that tournament. Additionally, a presentation was made for Euro 2032 by the joint Italy and Turkey bid, who were also the only bidders for that event. After reviewing these presentations, UEFA officially confirmed the success of both bids, essentially sealing the deal as it had been planned beforehand.

Initially, Turkey had been competing against the UK and Ireland for Euro 2028, as well as against Italy for Euro 2032. However, it was later announced that Turkey withdrew its bid for Euro 2028 and joined forces with Italy for Euro 2032, effectively making the decision for UEFA.

As a result, in less than five years, Newcastle United and St James’ Park will host matches for Euro 2028. Regrettably, Sunderland and the Stadium of Light had to withdraw from the process due to tough competition from other stadiums. Hopefully, St James’ Park will undergo significant capacity expansion, with recent reports suggesting plans to increase its seating capacity to at least 65,000 by the time Euro 2028 takes place.

Euro 2028 is coming to St James’ Park.

 

Newcastle United - St. James' Park - A Brief History

 

Newcastle United will now host games when the competition finals take place in the summer of 2028.

Sky News has reported (see below) that the UK and Ireland bid for Euro 2028 has no rivals or opponents.

Rob Harris of Sky News – 4 October 2023:

“Breaking: UK and Ireland bid for Euro 2028 now officially has no opposition after Turkey withdrew – after confirmation from UEFA that Turkey can jointly bid (for 2032) with Italy unopposed.

“UEFA ratification next week.”

28 July 2023:

In April 2023, the UK and Republic of Ireland confirmed their bid for hosting Euro 2028, which included Newcastle United’s St James’ Park as one of the ten potential match venues.

This final bid resulted in Manchester United and Sunderland missing out on the opportunity. UEFA was expected to make the final decision on the host in September 2023, with Turkey being the competitor bidding for Euro 2028, as well as Euro 2032.

Excitingly, it appears highly likely that Newcastle Upon Tyne and St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United, will be selected as one of the hosts for Euro 2028, thanks to a recent statement from UEFA.

That new UEFA statement:

“UEFA confirms that it has received today a request from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to merge their individual bids into one joint bid to host UEFA EURO 2032.

“UEFA will now work with FIGC and TFF to ensure that the documentation to be submitted for their joint bid is compliant with the bidding requirements.”

With Turkey and Italy combining their efforts for the 2032 bid, it appears evident that they are not banking on winning the bid individually against the UK and Republic of Ireland.

UEFA’s stance on favoring joint bids that involve multiple countries strongly implies that they are inclined to award Euro 2028 to the UK and Republic of Ireland. Furthermore, there seems to be an unspoken suggestion from UEFA that Italy and Turkey should consider merging their 2032 bids as well.

Additionally, the new information states that the announcement of the host country or countries for Euro 2028 is now scheduled for October 10, 2023.

BBC report – 12 April 2023:

‘Belfast’s Casement Park and Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock, two unbuilt stadiums, are in the UK and Republic of Ireland’s joint bid to host Euro 2028.

The 10 grounds also include Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, plus English venues Wembley, St James’ Park, Villa Park, the Etihad Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium has also made the final shortlist.

Turkey is the other candidate to host the men’s tournament in June and July.

Fourteen stadiums were originally on the shortlist submitted to Uefa by the five football associations from the UK and the Republic last year.

Old Trafford – which has the highest capacity in England after Wembley, the Stadium of Light, the London Stadium and Dublin’s Croke Park are the four to be dropped from the list.

“High-capacity, world-famous football grounds and state-of-the-art new venues will provide the platform for the biggest and most commercially successful Euros ever – making us a low risk, high reward host,” said an FA statement.

The 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, who said it would be the “biggest sporting event our islands have ever jointly staged”.

Host stadiums

1. Wembley Stadium (London) (capacity 90,652)

2. Principality Stadium (Cardiff) (73,952)

3. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) (62,322)

4. Etihad Stadium (Manchester) (61,000)

5. Everton Stadium (Liverpool) (52,679)

6. St James’ Park (Newcastle) (52,305)

7. Villa Park (Birmingham) (52,190)

8. Hampden Park (Glasgow) (52,032)

9. Aviva Stadium (Dublin) (51,711)

10. Casement Park (Belfast) (34,500)

 

Work has not yet started on a 34,500-capacity stadium planned for the Casement Park site, which has not been in use since 2013.

The stadium has primarily served as a venue for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and its redevelopment has faced legal challenges.

Windsor Park, where Northern Ireland plays its home matches, does not meet the minimum capacity requirements.

The construction of Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, expected to accommodate approximately 53,000 spectators, is currently underway and is projected to be completed by 2024.

Earlier this year, Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, disclosed that the expenses for the club’s new Bramley Moore Dock stadium could reach £760 million, marking a £260 million increase from the club’s previous estimates.

A decision regarding the host for the 2028 Euro finals is anticipated to be made by Uefa’s executive committee in September. The preparations for all potential host stadiums are set to commence no later than the summer of 2024, four years before the tournament.

The UK and the Republic have emphasized in their bid that they will offer a record three million tickets, with a strong focus on “sustainability and good governance practices.” They claim that over 80% of ticket holders will have access to matches via public transportation and estimate that this will generate a combined £2.6 billion for the economies of both nations.

A review of the disorder during the Euro 2020 final, held at London’s Wembley Stadium, revealed that “ticketless, intoxicated, and drugged individuals” posed a potential threat to public safety as they forcefully entered the stadium.

Turkey has also submitted a bid for the 2032 hosting rights, and Italy has expressed interest in hosting that edition as well.

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