Capital set for €100m Euro 2020 boost
Dublin is set to enjoy a €100m tourist bonanza from hosting matches in the Uefa Euro 2020 finals next year, with city authorities promising a "festival of football".
An extra 120,000 overseas visitors are expected to attend the four matches in the Aviva Stadium next summer, council officials estimate, providing the capital with a major boost to tourism revenue.
Dublin will host three group matches in the finals as well as one match in the knockout stage between June 15 and June 30.
It is estimated the overall value of Dublin's role as one of 12 host cities in the new format for the Uefa European Championship could increase to €120m if the Republic of Ireland qualify for the finals.
"It will be the biggest sporting event ever to be held in Ireland," said Dublin City Council project manager for Euro 2020, Don Daly.
Mick McCarthy's team will play two group matches in the finals in the Aviva if they stay on course for qualification.
Mr Daly said Dublin would host "a festival of football" to coincide with Euro 2020, including a festival village for soccer fans in Merrion Square from June 12 to July 12.
"It gives Dublin and Ireland a chance to showcase us to the world and enhance our profile, giving us the opportunity to stage similar events in future years," Mr Daly said.
The council has confirmed it will spend €3.75m providing facilities, including a 'fanzone' in Merrion Square capable of catering for up to 10,000 visitors.
A separate public viewing facility will be held in Dublin Castle on match days, with a capacity of up to 7,000.
Mr Daly said the intention was to create "festival feel" across the city to enhance the experience of overseas soccer fans visiting Ireland for the tournament.
It is estimated staging the Euro 2020 matches will lead to the creation of 2,780 jobs.
Almost 500 people have already signed up as volunteers to assist with the tournament.