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Sunderland: Stadium of Light shortlisted for Euro 2028 is ‘great news’

Sunderland: Stadium of Light shortlisted for Euro 2028 is ‘great news’ -Championship News

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light being shortlisted to host Euro 2028 matches is ‘great news’, according to journalist Richard Mennear.

The Lowdown: UK and Ireland submit Euro 2028 bid

The tournament is still six years away, but UEFA’s executive committee are already planning for the event, with a decision on who will be hosting the competition set to be made in September of next year.

The UK and Ireland have submitted an official bid to jointly stage the event, which includes nine stadia in England, two in the Republic of Ireland and one each in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Black Cats’ home ground has been named as a participant for the international occasion in what is a fantastic boon for the Championship club.

The Latest: Mennear’s reaction

Taking to Twitter in sharing the news for the Sunderland Echo, Mennear was delighted by the exciting update involving the Wearsiders, although he did add that four of the shortlisted venues would be removed from the final list of host stadia.

He wrote: “Great news that both Stadium of Light and St James’s Park on initial 14-stadia shortlist, will be whittled down to 10.”

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The Verdict: So many pluses

Sunderland being a host venue at a major tournament would certainly to boost the club’s profile and put the Stadium of Light on the map, so this is hugely encouraging news for Wearside.

Whilst it might not be as big of a household name compared to some of the other grounds in contention to host Euro 2028, the stadium’s capacity is almost 49,000, making it the ninth-biggest football venue in England – very impressive for a club outside the Premier League.

Stadium of Light for the Euro's games?





A stadium of this size is not only likely to be considered for more big events in the future, but could also becomes more attractive to sponsors, so this could prove to be a huge fillip for Sunderland as a club and as a city.

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