If the impending FIFA World Cup is slightly passing you by in the absence of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland then rest assured that Euro 2020 will leave you no choice but to be excited and involved.
With the beauty of online diaries, we can now block off the dates of Monday, June 15th, Friday, June 19th, Wednesday, June 24th and Tuesday, June 30th for that is when the biggest sporting event to hit these shores will be taking place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
As one of the twelve cities successful in bidding to host part of the tournament, Dublin now knows the dates. We will also play a key role on Sunday, December 2nd when the world will descend on Dublin for the draw for the group qualifying stages.
This is getting close and you can begin to feel the pulse race a beat or two faster.
“I am delighted to welcome today’s announcement of Dublin’s match days for EURO 2020,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.
“This tournament is one of the most watched and supported events in world sport after the World Cup and the Olympics. Irish supporters are known for generating a great atmosphere wherever they travel and this tournament gives Irish supporters a chance to extend our unique welcome to up to 160,000 supporters who could travel here in June 2020.”
“EURO 2020 will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that is great about Ireland and Dublin,” added Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
“The Department has been working in partnership with the FAI and Dublin City Council preparing for this tournament since 2016.”
“Today’s announcement regarding our match days in EURO 2020 will not only build the anticipation for the event coming to Dublin but will help all the key stakeholders to advance our hosting plans.”
“EURO 2020 promises to be a wonderful event for Dublin,” according to Ardmheara Bhaile Atha Cliath, Micheal Mac Donncha. “This is a city that is passionate about sport and we are looking forward to welcoming football supporters from all over Europe in June 2020.”
Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan has been a key player throughout the bid and planning stages. “Dublin’s preparation for EURO 2020 began in 2016,” he said. “We are working closely with stakeholders to deliver on our ambition that Dublin emerges the best of the 12 EURO 2020 host cities.”
“This is a perfect opportunity to showcase Dublin on the world stage, with thousands of supporters attending and millions more watching on television.”
The next two years will pass in the blink of an eye. It is the same distance in the future as back to Robbie Brady’s goal against Italy, a vivid memory for most, and one that feels like only yesterday.
“It is great to have the dates confirmed as we continue with our preparations for what will be the biggest international sporting event yet to be staged in Ireland,” said FAI CEO John Delaney.
“The Local Organising Committee made up of key people from the FAI, Dublin City Council, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Failte Ireland have been working hard with key agencies and partners to UEFA’s guidelines to prepare for the hosting of four matches in our city.”
“We are looking forward to UEFA staging the draw in Dublin on December 2, where every member nation of UEFA will be in attendance along with the world’s media.”
“Being able to host four games at EURO 2020 allows us to showcase Irish football, Aviva Stadium, the city of Dublin, and the country as a whole. It is an exciting time and I’m sure that football supporters from all over Europe will be looking forward to visiting Dublin in June 2020.”
The four UEFA EURO 2020 matches being held in Dublin, in addition to the value brought to the economy, represent a unique opportunity to showcase the city and the country on the world stage. The UEFA EUROs is the world’s third biggest sporting event drawing an international TV audience of more than two billion when the 2016 Championships were held in France.
Following the qualification games, which take place in 2019, the draw for the finals itself will be held in December 2019 when match times of the Dublin games will be confirmed.