Sunday 22 October 2017

€50m boon expected as 160,000 fans to visit capital for Euro 2020

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tourism and Sport Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Sports Minister Shane Ross and Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney at the Uefa Euro 2020 host city logo launch at the CHQ Building in Dublin yesterday. Photo David Maher
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tourism and Sport Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Sports Minister Shane Ross and Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney at the Uefa Euro 2020 host city logo launch at the CHQ Building in Dublin yesterday. Photo David Maher

Ryan Nugent

An estimated 160,000 fans will flock to Dublin for the Euro 2020 tournament - which looks set to generate close to €50m for the economy.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was unveiled as the logo for Dublin as part of Uefa's brand theme of city bridges.

Dublin will be one of 13 different host venues across Europe.

The capital will play host to three group matches and one last 16 clash, with Ireland - if they qualify - understood to be involved in at least two of those.

Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane is set to be involved in the country's legacy plans for the tournament.

Keane will spearhead the Street and Community Football legacy Programme, which will encourage Irish children to play street football.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Sports Minister Shane Ross and minister Patrick O'Donovan attended the launch along with FAI chief executive John Delaney and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

The FAI and Dublin City Council "collectively wore the green jersey" in winning the bid, according to Mr Delaney.

"The hosting of these games gives us a great opportunity to grow football," he said.

"I am delighted that Robbie Keane has agreed to lend his support to leave a strong football legacy."

Irish Independent

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