Dons bid for Women's Euro 2021 spot
Stadium MK has been shortlisted to become a host venue for the 2021 Women's European Championships.
UEFA’s deadline for bids to stage the tournament is 31st August 2018, with a final decision on the successful host nation to be taken by the UEFA Executive Committee on December 6.
Stadium MK was one of the front-running stadia to be a host venue when England bid for the 2018 World Cup, eventually losing out to Russia.
The FA’s decision to submit its bid follows England Women’s successful Euro 2017 campaign in the Netherlands which saw the Lionesses reach the semi-finals, generating a record peak audience of four million TV viewers in the UK.
MK Dons Ladies are only the only ladies team to play their home games at their parent club's stadium, and Dons chairman Pete Winkelman is delighted to be on the shortlist for 2021.
He said: “We are so excited to be part of the FA's bid to host the UEFA Women's EURO 2021 tournament. We're proud to support women's football in Milton Keynes as can be seen by our women's first team playing their home matches at Stadium MK, following their promotion to the FA Women's National League.
"Tournaments like this are good for sport, good for the stadium and good for our city - we can't wait!"
Leader of MK Council Pete Marland said: “Milton Keynes stands alongside some major football cities in the FA’s line up and we’re proud to be included in their national bid.
"Seeing UEFA Women’s EURO matches in MK would be a great way to celebrate women’s football. We know hosting elite matches is a good route to getting more people – especially young people - involved in sport, as well as bringing extra tourism spend into the borough.
“If the bid is successful we'll use it to create new grassroots opportunities including a new girls' small sided league, and we'll dedicate a leisure facility to women's football.”