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Host Stadiums & Venues at Euro 2028


Host Stadiums & Venues at Euro 2028

Following the announcement that the UK and Ireland will host Euro 2028, we have taken a look at all of the host stadiums and venues that will be used for the competition.

The opening match will be played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, while the final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

This will be the third time that England has hosted matches in the European Championship finals, with Wembley being used seven times at Euro 2020, however, the last time England were an outright host of the competition was back at Euro 96 when the Three Lions agonisingly missed out on the final on home turf.

Scotland’s national stadium, Hampden Park hosted four games at Euro 2020, while this will be the first time that the Euros has gone to the likes of Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Wembley Stadium | Location: London, England | Capacity: 90,000

Wembley Stadium is England’s national football stadium and memorably hosted the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020.

With a capacity of around 90,000 spectators able to fit in the stadium, it is an iconic arena with the unique ‘Wembley Arch’ over the top of the stadium itself, while ‘Wembley Way’ has become synonymous with domestic cup finals such as the League Cup and FA Cup.

Since being re-opened in March 2007 after a four-year construction period that cost a grand total of £789m, Wembley has played host to domestic cup finals, play-off finals stretching from the Championship to the National League and most memorably the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals - it is also set to host the 2024 final too.

Principality Stadium | Location: Cardiff, Wales | Capacity: 74,500

The Principality Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and the home of the Wales National Rugby Union team and used to be the home of the Wales National Football Team till the Red Dragons started to make use of the Cardiff City Stadium from 2009 onwards. The stadium has a capacity of 74,500, making it the second-largest stadium in the United Kingdom, after Wembley Stadium.

The Principality Stadium was built on the site of the former National Stadium, which was demolished in 1997. The new stadium was designed by Populous and opened in 1999. It is a state-of-the-art stadium with a retractable roof, which can be closed in 20 minutes and has hosted a number of major sporting events, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final and the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final.

Hampden Park | Location: Glasgow, Scotland | Capacity: 51,866 (65,000 When Renovated)

Hampden Park was built in 1903 and has been the home of the Scottish national team since 1923. The stadium has hosted a number of major football finals, including the 1960 European Cup Final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Real Madrid and the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final where Real Madrid were once again victors, this time, over Bayer Leverkusen.

On top of this, Hampden Park hosted four games at Euro 2020 with one of the goals of the tournament coming here, as Scotland fans watched on in horror as Patrick Schick lobbed David Marshall from the halfway line.

Hampden Park currently has a capacity of 51,866, but, there are renovations set to take place that will see the capacity increased to 65,000 seats, which in turn, would make it the biggest stadium in Scotland, surpassing Celtic’s 60,000 capacity.

Aviva Stadium | Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland | Capacity: 51,711

The Aviva Stadium is a multi-use sports stadium located in Dublin, Ireland. It is the home of the Ireland national rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland national football team. The stadium was opened in 2010, replacing the former Lansdowne Road stadium on the same site, costing a total of €410million to construct.

This stadium has a fairly distinct shape, with one of the sides (North Stand) being significantly smaller than the other three, due to there being an agreement in planning permission that the ground mustn’t intrude on the local housing any more than the Lansdown Road stadium did. Due to this, the Aviva Stadium has a capacity of 51,711.

Memorably, The Aviva Stadium has hosted a number of major sporting events such as the 2011 UEFA Europa League final between SC Braga and FC Porto and will also be the host of the 2024 Europa League final on 22nd May 2024.

Casement Park | Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland | Capacity: 34,500 When Completed

Casement Park is yet to be rebuilt, however, work is expected to start on the stadium in 2024, in order for it to be ready by the time Euro 2028 comes around. This rebuilding project is expected to cost in the region of £168m, with aims for the stadium to be one of the most innovative and modern in terms of technology in the world.

The redevelopment of Casement Park is a major investment in the sport of Gaelic games and in the city of Belfast and the venue is expected to have a capacity of 34,500 once completed. The new stadium is expected to boost the local economy and to attract major sporting events to the city.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium | Location: London, England | Capacity: 62,850

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of Tottenham Hotspur and is another multi-use stadium, having held a series of NFL games at the stadium since it was opened in April 2019 at an eye-watering cost of £1bn.

Spurs’ stadium was partially built on the old White Hart Lane Stadium grounds and is state of the art in terms of technology, with it having features such as a skywalk, retractable pitch and more.

In terms of major finals, due to its age, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium is yet to host one, however, it will be used for the 2024 Heineken Cup final.

Etihad Stadium | Location: Manchester, England | Capacity: 53,400 (61,958 When Renovated)

The ever-expanding Etihad Stadium will be Manchester’s host stadium for Euro 2028, beating off the likes of Old Trafford which has reportedly been overlooked due to potential renovations.

Formerly, known as the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester City’s stadium was initially built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games before becoming the club’s new home in 2003, replacing Maine Road.

The Etihad Stadium has hosted a series of other major sporting events, such as the 2008 UEFA Cup final between Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg, while also being used as a venue for the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup.

Everton Stadium | Location: Liverpool, England | Capacity: 52,888 When Completed

Everton Stadium is the only stadium on this list that is yet to have had a sporting event played at it, due to its construction set to be finished in 2024.

This stadium is located on Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool and will be Everton Football Club’s new home when completed, replacing Goodison Park where the Blues have been housed since 1892. The construction of this stadium is expected to cost around £500m while the venue itself will have a capacity of 52,888 once completed.

St James’ Park | Location: Newcastle, England | Capacity: 52,305

Newcastle United’s stadium, St James’ Park is set to be the only stadium in the North East of England to hold matches at Euro 2028.

St James’ notably held three matches at Euro 96 as well as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Newcastle-based ground is another venue that looks like it could be set to be expanded by the time Euro 2028 takes place, with reports that the Saudi PIF are looking to raise the heights of the Gallowgate End and East Stand to that of the Milburn and Leazes stand.

It is yet to be determined when this will happen, but, once done, it will be the second-biggest club stadium in England behind Old Trafford.

Villa Park | Location: Birmingham, England | Capacity: 42,640 (Estimated 50,040 When Renovated)

Villa Park has been the home of Aston Villa Football Club since 1897 and is set to be the Midlands' only Euro 2028 venue.

This stadium used to play host to FA Cup semi-finals until 2007 when they were permanently switched to Wembley Stadium and has hosted matches at the 1966 World Cup, Euro 1996 and even held the 1999 European Cup Winners’ Cup final between between Mallorca and Lazio.

Recently, Aston Villa announced plans that they are set to renovate Villa Park by 2026 ahead of Euro 2028 to a capacity of somewhere between 50,040 to 53,000 fans.