FAI to net bonus of €2.1m from Euro 2020

Irish Independent - - News - Gor­don Dee­gan

THE Football As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land (FAI) is in line for a €2.1m bonus from Uefa if Dublin’s stag­ing of four games from Euro 2020 is deemed a suc­cess.

That is ac­cord­ing to brief­ing doc­u­ments cir­cu­lated to mem­bers of Dublin City Coun­cil, which con­firm that the coun­cil is set to spend €3.75m for its role in host­ing the four games.

The four games at Dublin’s Aviva Sta­dium in the sum­mer of 2020 are to bring an eco­nomic ben­e­fit of be­tween €40m to €50m to the coun­try. Three group games and a fi­nal 16 match will be held at the Aviva and mem­bers of the City Coun­cil have been told that the coun­cil’s big­gest out­lay in its €3.75m spend is un­der the head­ing of ‘Fan­zone’, which will cost €2.2m.

The cost of host­ing the matches is be­ing shared be­tween the FAI, Uefa, Dublin City Coun­cil and Gov­ern­ment.

The doc­u­ment states: “The FAI will be funded by Uefa to a po­ten­tial €6.1m, which will be paid in stages on the run up to the tour­na­ment, and a bonus of €2.1m to be paid to the FAI on com­ple­tion of a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment. The ma­jor­ity of this money will fund the hold­ing of ac­tual matches in the Aviva ie the run­ning and as­so­ci­ated costs of the sta­dium.”

The doc­u­ment states that the con­tri­bu­tion from Gov­ern­ment will be sim­i­lar to the €3.75m out­lay by the City Coun­cil.

The doc­u­ment states: “The Gov­ern­ment will con­trib­ute to the costs of a pub­lic trans­port pro­gramme, polic­ing and se­cu­rity costs, and a pro­mo­tional pro­gramme.”

The City Coun­cil draft Euro 2020 bud­get is also made up of €540,000 in ‘city pro­mo­tion’; €349,435 in salaries, €248,000 in com­mer­cial in­ven­tory; €250,000 un­der the head­ing of ‘con­tin­gency’ and €133,000 in legacy projects. A fur­ther €5,500 has been set aside for ‘logo launch’.

A Euro 2020 Project Work­ing Group has been up and run­ning since 2016, and it meets monthly with mem­bers from each of the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

Dublin is one of 13 cities across Europe cho­sen to host the event on a once-off ba­sis to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of Uefa’s pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion.

In De­cem­ber of next year, Dublin’s Con­ven­tion Cen­tre is to host the live tele­vised draw for the fi­nals.

Dublin City Coun­cil is ex­pected to set up fan­zones dur­ing Euro 2020 sim­i­lar to those in Paris and around France for Euro 2016

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