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    Ireland to stage three group games and a round of 16 game at Euro 2020

    Could we bring euro 2020 to Ireland or maybe a joint bid with Scotland/Wales?

    We've already decided not to go for 2016 but could we stage 2020?

    No international competition in football has been staged in Ireland so maybe its out time to shine.

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    I mean...are there enough stadiums to support that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosby87 View Post
    I mean...are there enough stadiums to support that?
    Well we've got the gaah grounds,

    But i think euro 2020 could be a good catalyst to finally get a range of good football grounds built in this country.

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    Whether they would get the use of Croke Park again once the Aviva is done is a major issue here. Other than those two there's only really Thomond Park that might be suitable, and even that is probably too small, so it would need to be a joint bid really.

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    Not this again. We don't have the stadia. As for the GAA grounds, only Croker would pass UEFA criteria and even if the other were upgraded, do you really think the GAA are going to hand over use of their grounds in the middle of the c'ship season. We don't have the infrastructure either or the facilities to cope with the huge numbers of travelling fans. It would be a logistical nightmare and this country isn't remotely capable of hosting or even co hosting an event of this magnitude.

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    Great idea, but the GAA's rule changes back to normal again when the IRFU and FAI are out of Croker I think.

    And with that we've only Lansdowne so we need to build seven stadia with a capacity of at least 30,000. Oh dear...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riddickcule View Post
    No international competition in football has been staged in Ireland so maybe its out time to shine
    The U-21 finals are realistic. We held the U-19 up here in 2005.

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    The only way it might be possible is if it was a combined tournament with Scotland Wales and the North, and even that would be pushing it.
    "We" don't have the GAA grounds, the GAA have them. "We" would have Lansdowne and at a push Thomand if the IRFU were happy to extend it (not even sure if thats possible).

    So that would allow for perhaps 1 group to be staged in Ireland and a couple of knock out games.

    Just saw GR's post, and that should be a realistic ambition.
    Lansdowne, Thomond, Tallaght, Turners Cross, Athlone, Terryland, Dalymount all are practical venues. I think it would be well supported too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riddickcule View Post
    Well we've got the gaah grounds,


    Rule 5.1 (b) prohibits their usage.
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    Not a hope in hell. We'd need over ten 30,000+ grounds in over nine cities. We have two grounds and a handful of tiny cities that wouldn't even nearly be suitable.
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    How about a co-host with the 4 Nations (Us, the North, Wales, Scotland)


    Lansdowne Road
    Windsor Park (if developed to 30,000)
    Murrayfield
    Edinburgh
    Millenium Stadium
    Cardiff City Stadium

    We need to have eight to launch a bid, so there would be two new stadia built, one in Ireland and one in Northern Ireland?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingdom View Post
    The only way it might be possible is if it was a combined tournament with Scotland Wales and the North, and even that would be pushing it.
    "We" don't have the GAA grounds, the GAA have them. "We" would have Lansdowne and at a push Thomand if the IRFU were happy to extend it (not even sure if thats possible).

    So that would allow for perhaps 1 group to be staged in Ireland and a couple of knock out games.

    Just saw GR's post, and that should be a realistic ambition.
    Lansdowne, Thomond, Tallaght, Turners Cross, Athlone, Terryland, Dalymount all are practical venues. I think it would be well supported too.
    Are you seriously suggesting building 30,000+ stadia in Athlone, Tallaght, Galway and Cork??? No wonder this country is fukd. When all sports funding is under serious threat, you want to build theses huge white elephants which will be used once over a three week period. At times i despair for this country, i really do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galwayjames View Post
    How about a co-host with the 4 Nations (Us, the North, Wales, Scotland)


    Lansdowne Road
    Windsor Park (if developed to 30,000)
    Murrayfield
    Edinburgh
    Millenium Stadium
    Cardiff City Stadium
    Murrayfield and Edinburgh??? Eh??? You hardly mean Easter Rd or Tannadice do you? Oh and no mention of Celtic park, Hampden park and Ibrox, which actually are football staia. Only one venue in the republic and 8 overall?? You really need to go back to the drawing board mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galwayjames View Post
    Windsor Park (if developed to 30,000)
    It won't be.
    The Englishmen came over in the year 2005
    But little did they know that we'd planned a wee surprise
    Sir David scored the winner, and Windsor Park went wild
    And this is what we sang...

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    Whatever chance we may have had in the past, the expansion to 24 teams from 2016 onwards (although good from a qualification perspective) completely rules us out.

    Has there ever been a successful or even prospective bid for either the Euros or WC with three nations?? Doubt it very much, a bid with Scotland was the best and only chance and look where that went.

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    We would actually have three stadiums by then

    Aviava
    Thomond
    RDS - Its due to be redeveloped and at the moment has a uefa (cat 2?) licence.

    It would be the 3 country thing that would kill it. Unless we used Windsor and Scotland provided 5 grounds.
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    Just as a mental exercise:

    We'd need 12 stadia of 30 000 capacity or above (because there are 24 teams, which I don't agree with, but that's another story).

    We're never going to get that on our own, so we'd have to share, with Scotland, probably. Maybe Northern Ireland as well, although UEFA don't like trinational bids.

    So we'd have:

    Ireland/Northern Ireland
    -Lansdowne Road: 50,000
    -Thomond Park: Could be brought up to over 30,000, if the FAI paid the IRFU to do it!
    -Possible new Connacht rugby stadium, but it would have to be built from scratch
    -Possible new Norn Iron stadium, with over 30,000 capacity

    Scotland
    -Murrayfield: 67,000
    -Celtic Park: 60,832
    -Hampden Park: 52,103
    -Ibrox: 51,082
    -Possible new Aberdeen stadium: 30,000+

    So we'd need to beg, borrow or steal three stadia off the GAA, or else build stadia that wouldn't necessarily get used.

    Off the top of my head:

    -Páirc Uí Caoímh in Cork, or else build a new 30,000 seater stadium to be shared between Cork City, Munster Rugby, and possibly Cobh, in the hope that it would generate enough excitement to actually attract some people to watch domestic games there

    -Croker

    -Semple Stadium


    I think it's a nice idea, but in the end, I don't reckon it's doable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayo_Bhoy View Post
    Murrayfield and Edinburgh??? Eh??? You hardly mean Easter Rd or Tannadice do you? Oh and no mention of Celtic park, Hampden park and Ibrox, which actually are football staia. Only one venue in the republic and 8 overall?? You really need to go back to the drawing board mate.
    Sorry that should be Hampden Park.

    Can you think of any other stadium in Ireland there could be?

    And if I was to include all those other Scottish stadia when we need eight overall, this would be a ''Scotland to stage Euro 2020'' thread wouldn't it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayo_Bhoy View Post
    Are you seriously suggesting building 30,000+ stadia in Athlone, Tallaght, Galway and Cork??? No wonder this country is fukd. When all sports funding is under serious threat, you want to build theses huge white elephants which will be used once over a three week period. At times i despair for this country, i really do.
    He was talking about GR's proposal to bid for the under 21 championships, which would require significantly smaller stadia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayo_Bhoy View Post
    Are you seriously suggesting building 30,000+ stadia in Athlone, Tallaght, Galway and Cork??? No wonder this country is fukd. When all sports funding is under serious threat, you want to build theses huge white elephants which will be used once over a three week period. At times i despair for this country, i really do.
    He's talking about hosting the U21 championships, if he was talking about Euro 2020 none of those grounds (even Tallaght) could be upgraded to 30,000.
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