UEFA Euro 2008 bids
By June 2002, seven bids representing twelve countries were formally submitted:
- Austria–Switzerland (joint bid)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia (joint bid)
- Greece–Turkey (joint bid)
- Denmark–Finland–Norway–Sweden (joint bid titled Nordic 2008)
- Scotland–Republic of Ireland (joint bid)
On 12 December 2002, UEFA's National Teams Committee made a recommendation based on technical evaluation of the six candidates and concluded that only four bids had the capability of organising the tournament, ranked as follows:
- 1. Austria–Switzerland
- 2. Hungary
- 3. Greece–Turkey
- 4. Nordic countries (Denmark–Finland–Norway–Sweden)
Later that day, members of the UEFA Executive Committee voted on the bids, and chose Austria-Switzerland as the winning bid.
- Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck
- Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt
- Stadion Wals-Siezenheim, Salzburg
- Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
- St. Jakob-Park, Basel
- Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
- Stade de Geneve, Geneva
- Hardturm, Zurich
Eight venues in eight cities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were proposed to host Euro 2008 matches. According to Croatian football executive Ivan Brleković, the stadiums could have been renovated, with a promised 50 million euros investment earmarked by both countries' governments, while more funding had been secured, for upgrading road infrastructure linking host cities.
- Zagreb – Maksimir Stadium (capacity 45,000; planned to be expanded to 60,000)
- Split – Poljud Stadium (capacity 34,374; planned to be expanded to 40,000)
- Osijek – Gradski Vrt Stadium (capacity 19,220; planned to be expanded to 30,000)
- Rijeka – Kantrida Stadium (capacity 12,000; planned to be expanded to 30,000)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Sarajevo – Koševo Stadium (capacity 37,500; planned to be expanded to 50,000)
- Mostar – Bijeli Brijeg Stadium (capacity 15,000; planned to be expanded to 30,000)
- Banja Luka – Banja Luka Municipal Stadium (capacity 15,000; planned to be expanded to 30,000)
- Zenica – Bilino Polje Stadium (capacity 20,000; planned to be expanded to 30,000)
Seven stadia in seven cities in Greece and Turkey were proposed to host Euro 2008 matches. Turkey set a budget of €50 million for the competition to construct a new stadium in Antalya and €25 million to improve the Ataturk Stadium in Izmir. Greece had a budget of €50 million for stadium construction.
- Olympic Stadium, Athens
- Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki
- Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion
- Pampeloponnisiako Stadium, Patras
- Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
- New Antalya Stadium, Antalya
- Ataturk Stadium, Izmir
- Copenhagen – Parken Stadium (38,065)
- Copenhagen – Brøndby Stadium (29,000)
- Helsinki – Olympic Stadium (40,600)
- Tampere – Ratina Stadium (17,000)
- Oslo – Ullevaal Stadion (25,572)
- Trondheim – Lerkendal Stadion (21,116)
- Gothenburg – Ullevi Stadium (43,000)
- Stockholm – Råsunda Stadium (36,608)
Scotland–Republic of Ireland
In June 2000, the SFA refused to rule out a four-way bid consisting Scotland–Northern Ireland–Wales–Republic of Ireland. In July 2000, David Taylor announced the bid would enhance if England failed to secure the 2006 FIFA World Cup. On 6 July 2000, England was eliminated from the second round of voting for the host of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
In February 2002, the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), officially confirmed their joint bid to host the 2008 European Championship. SFA's chief executive David Taylor said that the bid envisioned Scotland hosting the opening match, three group stages, three quarter finals, one semi final and the final match, with the Republic of Ireland hosting one group stage, one quarter final, and one semi final.
The final bid saw changes to the initial plan with stadia in Scotland hosting both semi-finals, as well as the final. Murrayfield would be the final venue, with Hampden and Celtic Park each hosting a semi-final match.
The eight venues would have been:
- Hampden Park, Glasgow (52,063)
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (51,082)
- Celtic Park, Glasgow (60,832)
- Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh (67,200)
Two of the following three:
- Easter Road, Edinburgh (20,421, expanded to 34,880)
- New Aberdeen Stadium, Aberdeen (31,400)
- New Dundee Stadium, Dundee (31,400)
Two of the following three:
- Croke Park, Dublin (82,300)
- Lansdowne Road, Dublin (36,000, expanded to 51,700)
- New Dublin Stadium (Stadium Ireland), Abbotstown, Castleknock (80,000)
|Hampden Park||Celtic Park||Ibrox Stadium||Murrayfield Stadium|
|Capacity: 52,063||Capacity: 60,832||Capacity: 51,082||Capacity: 67,200|
|Easter Road||New Aberdeen Stadium|
(expanded from 20,421)
|New Dundee Stadium||Croke Park||Landsdown Road||New Dublin Stadium|
|Capacity: 82,300||Capacity: 51,700
(expanded from 36,000)
Had the bid been successful, the new stadium in Aberdeen would have been used by Aberdeen, replacing their current Pittodrie Stadium, while the new stadium in Dundee would have been shared by Dundee, Dundee United and the Scottish Claymores American football team, replacing both Dens Park and Tannadice Park, following the competition. It was envisioned that Stadium Ireland would become the home of the Irish national football and rugby union teams, as well as a national stadium for Gaelic games within Ireland.
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