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Thursday 19 October 2017

City could earn €100m bonanza from Euro 2020

John Delaney
John Delaney

Ireland's successful bid to host four of the Euro 2020 games will be worth up to €100m to the economy of the capital.

And if the Irish team qualifies for the championship, two of their games will be played in the Aviva Stadium.

"We have been awarded the biggest field sport event ever awarded to Ireland. I am delighted and relieved," said Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief John Delaney.

Along with Mr Delaney saying that the four games would be worth "tens of millions" to the Irish economy, Dublin Chamber of Commerce predicted that the matches would bring in between "€50m and €100m" to Dublin.

BOOST

"Depending on which teams are drawn to play in Dublin, the four matches will provide a significant boost for the city," said its chief executive Gina Quin.

The FAI, Dublin City Council and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport were behind the successful bid.

"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," the Minister for Tourism, Michael Ring, said.

Ms Quin however, said that ahead of the big event Dublin will need to be in a position, structurally, to host the games.

"As we look to Euro 2020, we must ensure that we have the tourism and transport infrastructure in place to cope with visitor numbers," said the Dublin Chamber of Commerce's CEO.

She also stated that the four games will bring in tens of thousands of spectators and the sights of Dublin will be broadcast to billions of people around the world.

negotiations

The FAI said that the tournament has a "cumulative TV audience of 1.9 billion people".

Mr Delaney explained that lengthy negotiations had gone on before the deal was signed.

He admitted that there were "politics involved", in the bid.

"You have to go and meet everyone involved in the bid. We had to spend a lot of time doing that," said the FAI chief.

The news was announced yesterday morning with it being revealed that three group games and a last-sixteen match were to be held in the Aviva Stadium.

Under the deal it is "guaranteed", said Mr Delaney, that two of Ireland's games would be played here.

However, the soccer chief reminded people that Ireland had yet to qualify.

games

Dublin is one of 13 cities in Europe to host games.

Euro 2020 will be the 60th anniversary of the tournament, and the same year also marks the 100th anniversary of the FAI.

Mr Delaney said that the Irish bid beat off strong competition.

Dublin scored well in terms of transport and accommodation facilities after the successful staging of the 2011 Europa League final.

London's Wembley Stadium will host both the semi-finals and the final of the Euro 2020 championship.

jfegan@herald.ie

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