EURO 2020: Host Cities and Venues

The venues for the grand tournament were selected and announced by UEFA on 19 September 2014. However, the UEFA Executive Committee removed Brussels as a host city on 7 December 2017 due to delays with the building of the Euro stadium. The four matches (three group stage, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels were reallocated to London. Therefore, Wembley Stadium will host a total of seven matches, as London was already chosen to host the semi-finals and final of the tournament.

On 7 December 2017, it was also announced that the opening match would take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, chosen ahead of Amsterdam, Glasgow, and Saint Petersburg. UEFA decided that, should they qualify, the opening match would feature Italy.

Of the 12 selected cities and countries, 8 cities and 7 countries have never hosted a European Championship finals match before. Bilbao was not a venue when Spain hosted the 1964 European Nations’ Cup, and none of Azerbaijan, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Republic of Ireland, Russia, or Scotland has hosted the tournament previously.

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1. Wembley Stadium, London:

With a capacity of accommodating 90,000 fans, the Wembley Stadium is perhaps the most iconic in London. It hosts the FA Cup every year which is the oldest tournament in the UK and no club owns Wembley which makes it quite different from the rest of the stadiums on the list. The stadium was rented to Tottenham Hotspurs recently and it also hosts NFL and Rugby games

2. Allianz Arena, Munich:

Home to the mighty Bayern Munich, The Bavarians have made this stadium a fortress and just like Bayern, it is also a stronghold for Germany. The stadium has a capacity of 75,000. The Allianz Arena has hosted many Champions League high profile matches including a final in 2012 which was won by Chelsea. The stadium was also a venue in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Germany remained unbeaten here.

3. Stadio Olimpico, Rome:

The Stadio Olimpico is the largest sports facility in Rome, Italy, seating over 70,000 spectators. The Stadio Olimpico is the home stadium of the Roma and Lazio football clubs and also hosts the Coppa Italia final. The record attendance at this venue was 100,000 but it was for a musical concert in 1998, it has also hosted four European Cup finals, the most recent being the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. The stadium is also used by the Italian national rugby union team.

4. Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku:

Baku Olympic Stadium is a 69,870-seat stadium, designed and constructed to meet the international standards for stadiums set by UEFA. It is a relatively new stadium and the only tenant is Azerbaijan’s national football team. It hosted the 2019 UEFA Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

5. Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg:

It is a retractable roof stadium with a retractable pitch in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as the home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. The stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup. It was called Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup. It has a capacity of accomodating 68,134 fans.

6. Puskás Aréna, Budapest:

Puskás Aréna is a football stadium in Budapest, Hungary. The stadium’s construction started in 2017 and was finished before the end of 2019. It was named after the legendary Hungarian captain Ferenc Puskás. It is an all-seater with a capacity of 67,215. The Hungarian Football Federation meets all UEFA and FIFA stadium requirements. Its main tenant is the Hungarian National Football Team.

7. Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam:

The Johan Cruyff Arena is the largest stadium in the Netherlands. It is home to the mighty Ajax who plays all their home matches at this venue. It can hold up to 55,000 people. Previously it was known as Amsterdam Arena but after the death of famous Dutch player Johan Cruyff in 2016, It was named after him to honor his legacy. It hosted the 1998 UEFA Champions League final and was also a venue at EURO 2000.

8. San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao:

Home of Spanish top-tier club Athletic Bilbao, San Mamés has a capacity of 53,289 seats, San Mamés is the 8th-largest stadium in Spain and the largest in the Basque Country. It was inaugurated on 16 September 2013. This is the first time this stadium will host international matches.

9. Hampden Park, Glasgow:

The 51,866-capacity venue serves as the national stadium of football in Scotland. It is the normal home venue of the Scotland national football team and was the home of club side Queen’s Park FC for over a century. Hampden regularly hosts the latter stages of the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup competitions.

10. Aviva Stadium, Dublin:

Aviva Stadium (also known as Lansdowne Road or Ireland’s stadium) is a 51,700 seater stadium in the capital of Ireland. Its main tenants are the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland football team. It was home to the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final and will host 4 matches in the upcoming EURO 2020.

11. Parken Stadium, Copenhagen:

Parken Stadium, also known simply as Parken and as Telia Parken is located in the capital of Denmark. It has a capacity of 38,065 seats. It is home to FC Copenhagen and the Danish National Football Team who play all their home matches here. It will also host 4 matches in the grand football fiesta, EURO 2020.

12. Arena Națională, Bucharest:

The Romanian stadium is the largest in the country with a capacity of 55,634 seats. It was opened to the fans in 2011, and shortly a year after that in 2012, it hosted the UEFA Europa League Final. It hosts all the home matches of the Romanian National Team. At club level it is home to Fotbal Club FCSB and Dinamo București.

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