17/04/2024

UEFA EURO 2028 Economic Impact 'Cannot Be Underestimated'

The impact of UEFA EURO 2028 on Northern Ireland's economy "cannot be underestimated", Economy Minister Conor Murphy has said.

Minister Murphy was speaking following a meeting with Finance Minister Caoimhe Archibald and representatives from the Irish FA and Ulster GAA.

He continued: "UEFA EURO 2028 will be the largest ever sporting event to be hosted across these islands. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to give our economy a much needed and welcome boost.

"Not only is this tournament predicted to generate up to £2.6billion for the Irish and British economies, it is also expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to these shores, as well as a global TV audience of over six billion."
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The north of Ireland has a strong and successful track record of hosting international sporting events, including the Giro d'Italia and the first ever sell-out Open Championship.

Minister Murphy added: "The north is well positioned and ready to maximise the opportunities this event will bring in terms of tourism, job creation, increased productivity, sporting legacy and investment.

"I'd like to thank our partners in this project for their continued support and commitment to making UEFA EURO 2028 the great success it can be for this island."

Minister Archibald also said: "Hosting UEFA EURO 2028 presents a huge opportunity. It will inspire our young people, create a sporting legacy and provide a huge tourism and economic boost. I will work with Ministerial colleagues to seize the opportunities this prestigious tournament offers."


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