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Albion to host UEFA Women's Euro matches in 2021

Brighton & Hove Albion are delighted to confirm that the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium has been selected as one of nine stadiums to host matches during the UEFA European Women’s Championship in 2021.

20 August 2019

The FA has confirmed the final venues for the major tournament, which will be played across eight English host cities in the summer of 2021, including Brighton & Hove.

The UEFA European Women’s Championship promises to be a record-breaking tournament, with approximately 700,000 tickets due to be available for fans across the country and extensive coverage of every game of the tournament available on free-to-air television, radio and online.

The nine stadiums selected are:

• Bramall Lane, Sheffield
• Brentford Community Stadium, London
• Brighton & Hove Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove
• Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh
• Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester
• New York Stadium, Rotherham
• Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
• St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
• Wembley Stadium, London

Two of the stadia are current Barclays FA Women’s Super League grounds and four of the venues, including the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium, offer a capacity of more than 30,000.

The showpiece final will be staged at Wembley Stadium, meaning the national stadium will host back-to-back men’s and women’s UEFA Euro Finals in 2020 and 2021.

As tournament hosts, England qualify automatically and will be joined by another 15 teams for the final tournament in July 2021. The official match schedule will be announced later this year.

By Paul Hazlewood
Paul Barber

Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said, “We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the host cities for the 2021 European Championships.

“We have a firm commitment to women’s football here at the club and have already enjoyed hosting two competitive senior England fixtures. We are the city of Brighton & Hove and the stadium will provide the perfect host.”

Brighton & Hove City councillor Alan Robins, chair of the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said, “The success of the Lionesses in this summer’s World Cup has given women’s football a tremendous boost and the excitement is already building in our city for Euro 2021.

“We were delighted to welcome the England team to the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium back in June and we are proud to have been given the opportunity to host this prestigious event and help raise the profile of women’s football locally and nationally.”

By Kieran Cleeves
Hope Powell

Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell said, "It is exciting news for the city that the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium has been chosen as one of the host stadiums for Euro 2021.

“When we played there in our WSL match against Arsenal last season you could see that there was a huge desire for people to watch women's football in the region.

"Hosting a tournament such as this will not only help grow our game nationally, but also on a more local level where matches are being played.

“I hope it inspires the next generation of girls to play the game and introduces a new audience to women's football.

Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s Director of Women’s Football, said, “The performance of the Lionesses this summer engaged the nation and helped to generate significant momentum in the women’s game.

“Looking ahead, hosting a home Euro in 2021 offers a huge opportunity for us to continue to push the profile of women’s football and to inspire more women and girls to get involved in the game.

“The confirmation of these nine venues is an important milestone for us as a host nation on our journey towards the final tournament in July 2021.

“I am confident that the selected cities and stadia will allow hundreds of thousands of fans across the country to attend matches and will also help to deliver an atmosphere befitting of a home European Championship to the nation.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Media day for the Rugby World Cup in 2015

Brighton & Hove has a successful track record in hosting major sporting events, including the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

In 2014 the city welcomed Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain bike race and the annual Brighton Marathon is the UK’s second largest.

The event will showcase the city to an international audience, supporting tourism and the local economy. In 2017, when England reached the semi-finals, the UEFA Women’s Euro viewing figures reached a global audience of 165 million.

Registrations of interest for tickets and volunteering opportunities are now open – please visit www.thefa.com/euro2021 for more information.

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