Friday 17 January 2020

Hosting Euro 2020 will be worth over €100m to the capital

The Aviva Stadium will host the games in Euro 2020
The Aviva Stadium will host the games in Euro 2020

The choice of Dublin to host four games in Euro 2020 will be worth around €106m to the city, according to an economic impact survey carried out for Dublin City Council.

The Aviva Stadium will play host to three group games and one Round of 16 game next June, in what will be the biggest sporting event ever to be held in this country.

Between 76,000 and 96,000 extra tourists are expected to visit Ireland between June 15 and June 30, with the average stay estimated to be six nights.

Half of these will be spent outside Dublin and "foster balanced regional development", according to a statement today announcing the independent economic impact study carried out by EY-DKM for the council.

"Uefa Euro 2020 will also result in the creation of 2,780 full-time jobs before and during the tournament as a result of additional tourism and organisation spending," it said.

The economic impact study estimated that for every €1 of public spending, the tournament will generate €4 of additional revenue for the Exchequer.

It also looked at the impact to the economy of hosting the qualifying draw at The Convention Centre Dublin, last December, finding that this event generated €2m for the Irish economy.

Up to 600 overseas visitors attended during that off-peak tourism season, it said.

"With an expected global audience of five billion, Dublin's hosting of Uefa Euro 2020 will represent a unique opportunity to showcase the city and country to the world," the statement said.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe (inset) said excitement is "quite rightly" building across Dublin and Ireland for the football tournament.

"Dublin is world-renowned for being a welcoming destination for tourists," he said.

"We are extremely proud to be hosting Uefa Euro 2020 and sharing our city with visitors from all over Europe. The anticipated cultural and economic impact of the tournament will leave a long-lasting legacy on our city and beyond."

Tourism and Sport Minister Shane Ross said the results of the study show the overwhelmingly positive effect hosting the tournament will have on Dublin, Ireland and the wider economy.


"It will also serve as a great opportunity to demonstrate Ireland's credentials to host future sporting events," he said.

More than 1,600 people have applied to volunteer during the tournament.

The application process remains open and anyone interested in being part of Uefa Euro 2020 should visit euro2020.com/volunteers.

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