Bramley-Moore Dock could host Euros in 2028

21/09/2022 24comments  |  Jump to last

Everton's new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is among the grounds being considered for hosting games at Euro 2028 should a combined bid by the nations of the British Isles be successful.

The ground, currently under construction on Liverpool's waterfront, isn't scheduled to open until 2024 but any venue hosting Uefa matches has to have been open for at least two years, according to the governing body's directives, in order for the stadium to have been stress-tested and robustly scrutinised ahead of a major tournament.

Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, West Ham's London Stadium, Villa Park, Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, Old Trafford, the Etihad Stadium, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Newcastle United’s St James’ Park are also on the shortlist.

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium has been overlooked in favour of Spurs's newer facility while the likes of Anfield and Stamford Bridge won't be considered because their pitches are deemed to be too small. Leeds have been unable to persuade their local authorities to commit the time and resources required to host games at Elland Road while Southampton's St Mary's Stadium would need to the addition of further upgrades in order to be eligible.

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The Aviva Stadium and Croke Park in Ireland remain in consideration, while Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will each have a stadium selected  should the bid be successful. 

The United Kingdom and Ireland are bidding against Turkey for Euro 2028 (Turkey is also bidding for Euro 2032 against Italy, however) for what is expected to be an expanded 32-team tournament. If the home nations' bid is successful, England's quota could be whittled down to just six or seven stadiums, with Bramley-Moore Dock among the favourites.


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Brian Wilkinson
1 Posted 21/09/2022 at 16:10:39
Nice to see the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is on the short list for Euro 2028, should we win the bid to host it.

Seems our neighbours have missed the cut, ouch, due to their pitch being too small.

Peter Neilson
2 Posted 21/09/2022 at 16:25:53
Most bizarre thing is that MK Dons stadium is also on the list. Minimum capacity to host is 30k , they just creep in by 500 seats.
Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 21/09/2022 at 16:41:10

I guess MK Dons make it as the stadium is new and with expanded tournament where 60% of all the European teams qualify they probably realize that Iceland v Bosnia might be better suited to a 30,000 stadia instead of a big one.

Gerry Quinn
4 Posted 21/09/2022 at 17:12:44
It will be well worth it being utilised - gorgeous views, etc.
David West
5 Posted 21/09/2022 at 18:40:54
Anyone know how many stadiums in England will get the nod? 1 each for each of the home nations, plus Wembley, that's 4. How many more are needed?

I mean Old Trafford is crumbling, ask Gary Neville. Anfield not on list; if they want a North West stadium, we should be top of the list.

Whether we get it is another matter, not being one of the Sky 6.

Will Mabon
6 Posted 22/09/2022 at 18:36:21
David, the one thing Old Toilet still has going for it is that capacity, where needed. No question that Bramley-Moore would really look the part for an international tournament, and would get it widely seen early.
Brian Murray
7 Posted 22/09/2022 at 18:58:51
Will. Originally the Tottenham stadium already submitted planning permission for a 50,000+ stadium and as maybe our new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock may involve not as wide seats to increase capacity in certain parts of the ground. I'm sure the architects will look at when the time comes.
Will Mabon
8 Posted 22/09/2022 at 19:06:46
Brian, it would be great to have a real biggie but perhaps it wasn't viable. I always hoped for 60k; maybe possible if needed. Hard to know how much scope for adjustment made it into the final design.
Karl Masters
9 Posted 24/09/2022 at 00:33:09
Will, I believe that you can safe stand 1.5 people for every 1.0 person who sits on that space. Or certainly that's the legislation that's on the horizon.

With a lot of safe standing seats planned at both ends of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock (bottom half of the South Stand plus lower tier of the North Stand), there is a potential increase to something nearer to 60,000 with safe standing. I am sure I read this somewhere.

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 24/09/2022 at 11:09:52
I went to the preseason friendly at MK Don's a few years ago. Decent stadium and yes, might be good to host some of the so-called smaller nations. A full stadium rather than half empty to generate an atmosphere.

On capacity, yes, safe standing will obviously increase it.

I've mentioned this before, but Schalke's stadium can hold around 62,000 for league matches with the standing on the Nordkurve, but that is reduced to about 55,000 for internationals when seats are put in place.

Not too dissimilar figures to the new Everton Stadium once the go ahead is given for safe standing to be implemented.

Maybe one day I'll also be allowed to take a drink back to my seat as the authorities might realise I'm not going to waste £5+ by trying to throw it on the pitch only for it to reach the person 2 rows in front of me and cause a kick-off!!

Sorry, last point is a personal gripe about the half-time rush on the concourses of Goodison!!

Brian Hennessy
11 Posted 24/09/2022 at 13:19:13
Would be really sickening for all the RS fans to see all those international visiting fans coming to the city and marvelling at our new stadium during the tournament. Make it happen!

Fantastic opportunity also to showcase Croke Park in all its glory and 82,000 capacity. Not bad for a little amateur organisation!

Will Mabon
12 Posted 26/09/2022 at 20:53:56

Thanks for that. All I'd considered was seats, and of course, standing would provide more capacity. Since there is the start of movement in that direction within football now, perhaps an option if needed.

Imagine the extra revenue we would have had from Goodison over the years, being as the demand is always there for tickets, had the standing returned earlier.

This I had thought about in the past, but never applied it to the new stadium!

Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 26/09/2022 at 21:02:02
Kieran #3, I had exactly the same thought.

Off-topic, I think we just saw the end of Maguire's England career. That was totally embarrassing.

Will Mabon
14 Posted 26/09/2022 at 21:16:43
Mike, I'm not watching, haven't for ages.

I was surprised to hear Maguire played in the last match. I'm not surprised at what I just read in some written highlights, after seeing your post.

It's got to the stage where I've stopped taking the piss now – I almost feel sorry for him. He needs help.

Brian Harrison
15 Posted 27/09/2022 at 09:40:51
Regarding our impending move to our new stadium, and the possibility that it could be selected as one of the stadiums chosen if GB gets to host the 2028 Euros. The videos that are regularly posted of the stadium being built are all very exciting and I, like many, can't wait to see the finished article.

But my only concern is with the stadium having water on one side and just one road in or out. What transport facilities are the club putting in place to get 52,000 in and out of the game?

I know there is a train station at Sandhills but it just couldn't cope with the volume of supporters, nor has it a viable car park to accommodate those wishing to use this route.

I said over 18 months ago that we should be looking at a park-and-ride scheme like they have at The Open golf tournament, where they get in excess of 50,000 visitors per day.

I also suggested that we should be building a landing stage at the new ground so we could use the ferries to not only bring supporters from Wirral but maybe have one based at Otterspool promenade.

I am sure the club must be looking at new transport links and maybe I have missed those links. But I do think, as it stands at present, getting to and from the stadium could be a major stumbling block.

I hope to hear some imaginative plans from the club on how they plan to get 52,000 – or possibly 60,000 if we adopt the safe standing which for me we should be incorporating already – in and out of the stadium.

Dave Roberts
16 Posted 27/09/2022 at 14:06:48
Think about it. Have good look. The answer to access to BMD is not on the Dock Road but Great Howard Street. The old market car park could be used for football special buses and an additional car park. As could the defunct employment park.

Many walk-up fans would still walk up though many would be wobbling a bit after a few bevvies further east! Plus taxis will have a field day and many will walk up from town.

I've tested this. It took me 27 minutes at an easy pace from Old Hall Street. Access to Goodison is not easy but, if you want to watch the Blues, you'll get there one way or another!

Bernard Dooley
17 Posted 27/09/2022 at 15:55:01
You make some very good points, Brian #15.

For a long time, I half expected an announcement from the now departed Joe Anderson about the infrastructure around Bramley Moore as part of the regeneration of that area. All now seems quiet on that front, but park-and-ride is surely an option.

As an old "romantic" (at 77) and still living on The Wirral side of the river, I loved the idea of a ferry boat trip to the match. I have a feeling the idea was killed off early doors, not sure of the reason. I think there are only two ferry boats and they don't hold too many passengers.

The clock is ticking if a big initiative is required, given planning laws proceeding are glacial.

Peter Neilson
18 Posted 27/09/2022 at 16:12:25
The info I've read from The Council/club over envisaged transport links:

Cars are going to be heavily discouraged with parking permits across the “Ten Streets” area, Saltney to Oil Street and very limited parking nearer the ground.

I Can't see any public/club investment in car parks going ahead. Instead we'll get to the match by bus, train, bike, e-scooter and shanks's pony. Although I imagine anybody with a yard or wasteland will also be setting up car parking.

Also reported the club would pay towards upgrading Sandhills to allow waiting and access areas at the station to help the increased flow of supporters that would be expected each matchday.

Also a shuttle bus service from BMD to/Sefton both pre- and post-match for supporters from the north Liverpool. Don't know where from.

Change of bus services and timetables from the city centre.

Plans for a non-matchday "North Shore" bus service connecting the North Docks, Ten Streets and other parts of North Liverpool.

Nothing radical but I expect there will be more investment in the area as it develops.

Brian Murray
19 Posted 27/09/2022 at 16:26:48
Surely a ferry terminal big enough is also being considered.

Hate the way Southampton have had it their own way for too long with world cruises so a berth is crucial. Plus the hotels would be booming as it's a no contest our nightlife and eateries compared to Southampton with people wanting a day or night out before travel.

Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 27/09/2022 at 16:40:06
Southampton hasn't a patch on the second city of the Empire. At one point, the largest port outside of London. Until the UK became Europe and east facing. Then giants like Dover and Felixstowe took over, not to mention Hull.

There is so much potential to be had here.

The potential for a London style addition to the transport system with river boats that are part of the TFL system. The monorail I keep talking about as a modernistic tribute to the Docker's Umbrella.

So much opportunity here. Not just the stadium. The local area and the infrastructure.

Peter Neilson
21 Posted 27/09/2022 at 16:53:12
The Council has already knocked back planning permission for an eight-floor, 170+ room hotel on Sandhills Lane just over ½ mile from Bramley-Moore Dock. Reasons given: out of character and using up industrial/business space. It's not necessarily straightforward to invest in the area.
Rob Halligan
22 Posted 27/09/2022 at 17:32:26
Brian # 19.

Not sure if you're aware or not, but there is a cruise terminal based in Liverpool, just down from the Liver Buildings.

There is only one cruise liner, the Fred Olsen Borealis which uses Liverpool as its “Home Base”. This ship only holds 1,400 passengers, so the actual cruise terminal itself is not overly massive when required for checking people onto the Borealis.

There are however, plenty of massive cruise ships that come into Liverpool, probably two or three a week, which can hold easily four or five thousand people, and they dock at the same terminal when visiting Liverpool.

Me and the missus actually went on a cruise on the Borealis a couple of weeks ago, and sailing out of Liverpool on the evening tide, right past Bramley-Moore Dock, trying to imagine what it will look like in all its glory, sent a shiver right down my spine.

Also, back in April, we were down near the cruise terminal and decided to walk down to Bramley-Moore Dock, which took no more than 20 minutes. So despite what many may think, it's actually not that far to walk to BMD from the city centre, though I suppose it depends on which part of the city centre you're in?

Brian Wilkinson
23 Posted 29/09/2022 at 18:14:28
Brian@19, I've heard the ferry terminal is a no-goer.

After careful thought and deliberation, it was decided that it would block the moorings, for the long ships every other week, when the Red Shite are at home.

Will Mabon
24 Posted 29/09/2022 at 18:16:45
Brian :-)

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