Cardiff Council is offering to host some of the Euro 2028 tournament football matches at the Principality Stadium.
The football associations of Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have bid to host the UEFA European Championship in six years.
Some of the matches could be played in Cardiff, now that the cabinet of the council has officially declared its support for the bid and its intention to host some of the matches.
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Council bosses said it would build on Cardiff’s success in hosting the Champions League final in 2017, when Real Madrid faced Juventus, and could rival the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Councilor Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We were asked if we as a city would be interested in hosting games as part of the bid. As the Principality Stadium is one of the leading sporting venues, in terms of capacity and facilities, in the whole of the UK, it is a healthy and natural stage for us.
“Wales have been hugely successful in the last two European Championships, coming out of their group twice. Wouldn’t it be great as hosts to see Wales playing in our country in a big international tournament? That’s what we’re talking about.”
The cabinet du conseil signed its commitment during a meeting on Thursday 10 March.
Hosting the Champions League final is thought to have brought in more than £42million in extra spending for Cardiff, with hundreds of thousands of football fans visiting the city center for the game. Hosting Euro 2028 is expected to bring even greater economic benefits.
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Council leader Huw Thomas said: “We have shown time and time again that Cardiff is a city of superlative events with an excellent record of hosting world-class events, such as the League of Nations final. champions, the boxing world championship, cricket test matches, the Volvo Ocean Race, and of course, the Rugby World Cup in 1999.
“If a decision is made to bid and Cardiff is selected as the host city, then the event could really form the backbone of our events strategy for the next six years and beyond, and help ensure that all the big plans we have for Cardiff and to speed up our recovery from the pandemic are coming to fruition.”
The deadline to submit an interest is March 23. UEFA will announce the list of candidates on April 5, when the UK and Ireland are likely to enter the formal bidding process. The host is expected to be revealed in September next year.
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