Dublin wins UEFA EURO 2020 bid
Bid partners, the Football Association of Ireland and Dublin City Council have welcomed the news that Dublin has been selected as one of the 13 cities that will host UEFA EURO 2020.
UEFA EURO 2020 is being staged across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, creating a pan European festival of football that Ireland will now play a key part in delivering.
The event will see a renewal of the successful partnership model used to host the UEFA Europa League final in Dublin in 2011 where national and local Government support were also vital in delivering the event for Ireland.
The UEFA EUROs are one of the biggest sporting events in the world with a cumulative TV audience of 1.9 billion, behind only the FIFA World Cup and Summer Olympic Games in terms of global reach.
The hosting of three group games and one round of sixteen fixture in Dublin is expected to provide a significant boost to the economy, generating massive tourism exposure for Ireland before and after the games.
The strength of Dublin’s bid is founded on an excellent partnership between the Football Association of Ireland and Dublin City Council. Crucially, it benefited from full Government support coordinated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and was assisted by the sterling work of the bid partners, Aviva Stadium, the Dublin Airport Authority, the Irish Hotels Federation, CIE Group, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, the NTA, the NRA, the RPA and An Garda Síochána all of whom helped win the bid for Ireland.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring who travelled to Geneva to assist the bid said,
“I want to congratulate the FAI, Dublin City Council and their partners on the successful bid for Dublin to host part of the European Soccer Championships in 2020. It is a marvellous opportunity for our nation to be part of one of the world’s top sporting events and a fantastic opportunity for Irish football fans to enjoy such a prestigious event on their own home soil. The Government fully supported the bid and my Department and other Government Departments worked with the FAI to ensure that the bid met all the criteria sought by UEFA. To have an opportunity to host part of a tournament that is normally the reserve of Europe’s bigger nations represents a unique opportunity for Ireland. We are a country that is passionate about football and look forward to welcoming the cream of European football to our shores in 2020. Recent events, such as the Giro d ’Italia, have shown that Ireland can successfully host large international sports events and ensure that participants and spectators alike have a great experience when they visit Ireland.”
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI said,
“I would like to thank Michel Platini and the UEFA Executive Committee for their decision to award this honour to Ireland against strong competition from all over Europe. In 2020 the Association will be entering its 100th year and this once off opportunity to host part of the European finals at our home stadium will provide a major boost for Irish football and the country as a whole. We could not have done it on our own and I thank our partners, Dublin City Council, the Government and all of the organisations who put in tremendous work to win it for Ireland. In particular I would like to acknowledge the work of Declan Conroy who successfully co-ordinated all of the parties involved to deliver a superb technical bid as well as the Irish supporters whose exemplary behaviour is acknowledged around Europe as one of our biggest assets.”
“Our business, transport and tourism infrastructure along with a world class stadium played a major part in delivering the bid for Ireland along with full political support and everyone involved has worked superbly as a team to bring this event to Dublin. Together, we now look forward to playing our part in hosting what promises to be a ground-breaking, European wide celebration of football.”
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke said,
“Dublin City Council is delighted with today’s announcement that Dublin will be a host city for the UEFA EURO 2020. We applaud UEFA’s decision to bring EURO 2020 to Dublin. Dublin City Council, in its joint bid with the FAI to bring the UEFA EURO 2020 here, highlighted the city’s first class transport and communications infrastructure as well as the city’s established reputation for staging successful international events. I look forward to welcoming visitors to Dublin from all over the world, to what will undoubtedly be a wonderful sporting occasion.”
FAI President, Tony Fitzgerald added, “Attracting an event of this stature is a major boost for all of the volunteers involved throughout Ireland in running football. I thank UEFA for recognising the quality of our bid and look forward to helping everyone involved in Irish football lay the ground work for a landmark year in our game.”