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EURO 2020 Stadiums

Sun 18 April 2021 | 16:30

The whole world of football is eagerly waiting for this summer as the Euro 2020 will start in June, here we take a look at the EURO 2020 Stadiums.

The 2020 European Football Championship, known officially as UEFA Euro 2020, will be the sixteenth edition of the European Football Championship, a men's national team football competition held by the UEFA. The tournament was previously scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, UEFA postponed it for one year, from 11 June to 11 July 2021, without changing the name "UEFA Euro 2020".

To mark the 60th anniversary of the first edition of the tournament, the 1960 European Cup of Nations, the tournament is not being hosted by one or two countries, and for the first time in its history, it is to be held across Europe, in host cities selected from 19 candidates on 19 September 2014, in 12 cities in 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley Stadium in London.

It was in 2012 that the idea of hosting the European Championship throughout Europe came up. The decision to implement this idea was taken in the same year.

There were originally three bidders for the tournament. Turkey wanted to host the competition alone, Azerbaijan and Georgia as co-partners and Ireland, Scotland and Wales even wanted to bring the tournament to the island as a trio. However, nothing came of it, and at least some of the original applicants are now also among the host cities.

Euro 2020 stadiums names

Rome is among the EURO 2020 host cities. More precisely, the Stadio Olimpico is one of the twelve Euro 2020 stadiums which will host the first match of the competition. Paris and the Stade de France are not part of the Euro 2020 stadium selection. France will not be able to chase away the memory of the final loss four years ago to

Portugal

. Both nations, like the other 22, will have to move as the competition progresses. The most fortunate nations who get the furthest in the competition could play in up to three of the Euro 2020 stadiums. Below is a list of the selected Euro 2020 stadiums.

The biggest stadium at Euro 2020

For every tournament, it is almost a question of fans which arena is the biggest in the competition. The most important matches are usually played in it. On the other hand, the final is almost always scheduled for the largest stadium. The 2020 European Championship is no exception in this respect.

The biggest arena in which the upcoming European Championship will be played is the Wembley Stadium in London. With a capacity of around 90,000 spectators, it will be the venue for the European Championship final, the semi-finals, one round of 16 match and three group matches.

The second largest stadium in which the European Championship ball will roll at the finals is located in the eternal city of Rome. The Olympic Stadium in Rome has a capacity of 72,600 and will be the venue for the Euro 2020 opening match, two other Group A matches and a quarter-final.

The smallest stadium at EURO 2020

Neither of the EURO 2020 stadiums is really small. However, the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen has the smallest capacity. The arena in the Danish capital has seating for 38,190 spectators.

In other words, the capacity of the largest arena at EURO 2020 is almost 250 per cent larger than that of the smallest stadium. Nevertheless, we will be able to watch three group matches and one round of 16 final in the beautiful Danish arena.

The second smallest stadium at the 2020 European Championship is in a country that one would not necessarily have expected to be on the list in this respect:

Spain

. In fact, the country is known for its huge arenas like the Bernabeu or the Camp Nou.

It is interesting to note, however, that these large stadiums were not considered for Spain in the Euro 2020 stadiums names. Instead, the San Mamés Arena in Bilbao was nominated for the European Championship. With 50,000 spectators, it is not necessarily small either, but it remains behind in comparison with the other arenas. Stay tuned for

Euro 2020 stadiums in pictures

and more!

Stadio Olimpico (Rome)

The first in the Euro 2020 stadiums names is Stadio Olimpico. This stadium will host the first match of the competition, with

Turkey

facing Italy. In spite of the ongoing Covid crisis, Rome is expected to welcome these matches:

  • Friday 11 June: Turkey-Italy (Group A)

  • Wednesday 16 June: Italy-Switzerland (Group A)

  • Sunday 20 June: Italy-Wales (Group A)

  • Saturday 3 July: Quarter-final

The Stadio Olimpico is an Italian multifunctional sports facility in Rome, which is located at the Foro Italico complex, on the slopes of Monte Mario, in the northwestern sector of the city. The stadium, which now has 72,698 seats (72,145 + 553 seats in the press box), is primarily used by the two major football clubs in the Italian capital: Lazio and

AS Roma

. The two clubs meet there twice a year for the famous Rome Derby.

It was the venue for the 1960 Summer Olympics, the 1968 and 1980 European Football Championship finals won by Italy and West Germany respectively, and the 1990

World Cup

final won by a reunited Germany against Argentina. This summer, the stadium will once again host the European Football Championship.

Aviva Stadium (Dublin)

As the home of Ireland's football and rugby teams, the Aviva Stadium will be one of the

Euro 2020 stadiums

, thus making Dublin one of the EURO 2020 host cities. Both Ireland and Northern Ireland, have failed to qualify for the tournament. This stadium will host the following matches:

  • Friday 18 June: Sweden-Slovakia (Group E)

  • Wednesday 23 June: Sweden-Poland (Group E)

  • Tuesday 29 June: Round of 16

Monday 14 June:

Poland

-Slovakia (Group E)

Aviva Stadium is a rugby and football stadium located in the Irish capital Dublin. This stadium has a horseshoe shape. All of the 51,700 seats are covered. Whereas the west, east and south stands are four-tiered, the north tier is only a single stand. That is due to the fact that the sports venue is located in the city and residential buildings in the north are right next to the stadium.

The second tier of the stadium has 10,000 premium seats; in addition, V.I.P. boxes with 1,300 seats are located on the third tier. There are over 50 rooms in the stadium for events such as exhibitions, conferences, press conferences, banquets or Christmas parties. Its press grandstand has 200 seats for journalists (expandable to 400 if needed).

The arena's exterior is glazed and the roof is covered with transparent plastic skin. The Aviva Stadium was Ireland's first UEFA Category 4 stadium and a new floodlighting system was installed in 2019 for the Euro 2020. The LED system meets all requirements for events organized by UEFA, FIFA and World Rugby. Stay tuned for Euro 2020 stadiums in pictures and more!

Arena Nationala (Bucharest)

Romania failed to qualify, so Bucharest, as one of the

EURO 2020 host cities

and its 55,600-capacity stadium will be a neutral ground hosting the following four matches:

  • Thursday 17 June: Ukraine-North Macedonia (Group C)

  • Monday 21 June: Ukraine-Austria (Group C)

  • Monday 28 June: Round of 16

Sunday 14 June:

Austria

-North Macedonia (Group C)

The Arena Nationala stadium is located in the Lia Manoliu sports complex in Bucharest, Romania. It has a capacity of roughly 56,000 spectators, expandable to 63,000, and has a fully retractable roof. The stadium hosts FCSB (Steaua Bucharest) and Romania national team matches, in addition to the Romanian Cup and Super Cup finals.

The decision to rebuild the Lia Manoliu Stadium was taken in October 2005, but the stadium was demolished in November 2007. Arena Nationala is the first stadium to be built in the joint bid of Romania and Bulgaria to host Euro 2020. It was the venue for the UEFA Europa League 2012 final, as announced by UEFA on 29 January 2008 in Nyon.

It was opened on 6 September 2011 with a Euro 2012 qualifying match between the Romanian and French national teams, ending in a goalless draw and causing great controversy due to the condition of the turf, which was too high, leading the Romanian Football Federation to completely change the pitch.

Saint Petersburg Stadium

There will be no rest for

Russia

and the Saint Petersburg Stadium. After having hosted the 2018 World Cup, the 68,134-seat Russian venue will be one of the Euro 2020 stadiums. The Russian team will have a tough start against Belgium, one of the favorites of the competition. Saint Petersburg Stadium will host the following matches in Euro 2020:

  • Saturday 12 June: Belgium-Russia (Group B)

  • Wednesday 16 June: Finland-Russia (Group B)

  • Monday 22 June: Finland-Belgium (Group B)

  • Friday 2 July: Quarter-final

The St. Petersburg Stadium, known as Gazprom Arena, is a football stadium located on Krestovski Island in the west of St. Petersburg, Russia, which was completed in 2016 and has a capacity of 68,134 seats. It is home to Zenit St Petersburg since 2017.

The stadium, designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa in the shape of a flying saucer near the Gulf of Finland, features a retractable roof and a sliding pitch, enabling it to maintain a temperature of at least 15° even in winter.

This stadium was chosen as the venue for the 2021-22 Champions League final by the UEFA Executive Committee, however on 17 June 2020, the committee announced that because of the rescheduling and relocation of 2019-20 final caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, St Petersburg would host the final in 2022.

Baku Olympic Stadium

The Azerbaijani stadium and its 69,870 seats will once again host a European match, two years after the Europa League final in 2019, which Chelsea won against Arsenal. That was a particularly bad memory for Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Both Swiss internationals were in the Gunners' ranks during that lost final and they will play their first match against

Wales

in that stadium.

  • Saturday 12 June: Wales - Switzerland (Group A)

  • Wednesday 16 June: Turkey-Wales (Group A)

  • Sunday 20 June: Switzerland - Turkey (Group A)

  • Saturday 3 July: Quarter-final

The Baku Olympic Stadium is a football stadium with athletics facilities in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. This new national stadium is the home of the Azerbaijani national football team and has replaced the Tofiq Bəhramov Stadium. It is owned by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan and can accommodate 69,870 spectators in its tiers. The construction work was carried out by the Turkish construction company Tekfen.

It was the main venue for the first European Games from 12 to 28 June 2015, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competitions. UEFA awarded the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League final on 29 May 2019 to the Azerbaijani capital on 20 September 2017. This marked the first time that a European club football final had been held in Azerbaijan, with no final ever having been staged so far to the east.

Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)

With a capacity of 38,190, the Parken Stadium (which has a retractable roof) in

Denmark

will be the smallest stadium at Euro 2020. This gives Denmark the chance to play at home. This stadium will host the following matches this summer:

  • Saturday 12 June: Denmark-Finland (Group B)

  • Thursday 17 June: Denmark-Belgium (Group B)

  • Monday 21 June: Russia-Denmark (Group B)

  • Monday 28 June: Round of 16

Parken Stadium is a football stadium in the Danish capital Copenhagen with a retractable roof. It is the largest stadium in the country and its national stadium. The Danish national football team as well as FC Copenhagen use the sports facility at Fælledparken in the Østerbro district, which was completed in 1992, for their home matches. Various other events also take place there.

It was built between 1990 and 1992 and replaced Københavns Idrætspark. Parken is a four-star UEFA stadium and has been the venue for major European events such as the 1993-94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup final. Stay tuned for

Euro 2020 stadiums

in pictures and more!

San Mamés Stadium (Bilbao)

Among the Euro 2020 stadiums, there will be no Santiago Bernabeu, Camp Nou or Wanda Metropolitano to represent Spain in Euro 2020. Among

Euro 2020 stadiums

names San Mamés stadium in Bilbao is rather new and has been chosen as the venue for European competition. La Roja will play there against Marcus Berg's

Sweden

and Robert Lewandowski's Poland. San Memes will host the following matches:

  • Monday 14 June: Sweden-Spain (Group E)

  • Saturday 19 June: Spain-Poland (Group E)

  • Wednesday 23 June: Slovakia-Spain (Group E)

  • Sunday 27 June: Round of 16

San Mamés is a football stadium located in Bilbao. The stadium was officially opened in its first phase of construction on 16 September 2013 and is the successor to the old San Mamés. The stadium is mainly used by Athletic Club for football but has other additional uses including a sports innovation centre and a sports medicine centre, an underground athletics track and a municipal sports centre.

It has a capacity of 53,331 seats (expandable by a further 2,000, according to architect César Azcárate), and is a Category 4 stadium, the maximum granted by UEFA, allowing it to host the 2020 European Football Championship along with other European cities, and to host Europa League finals, although not the Champions League, as the latter requires a larger capacity.

Building work officially began on 25 June 2010. The stadium was built in two phases: in the first phase, the construction of the two sides and one end was completed, followed by the construction of the last end and the installation of the VIP boxes in the second phase.

Johan Cruyff Arena

Named after the Flying Dutchman, the greatest Dutch player in history, the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam will once again host the European Championship. It was the case for the Euro 2000, hosted jointly by the Netherlands and Belgium. The Dutch are certainly hoping for an even better experience than twenty years ago when the national team reached the semi-final, where they were eliminated by

Italy

on penalties. The stadium will host the following matches:

  • Sunday 13 June: Netherlands-Ukraine (Group C)

  • Thursday 17 June: Netherlands-Austria (Group A)

  • Monday 21 June: Northern Macedonia-Netherlands (Group C)

  • Saturday 26 June: Round of 16

The Johan Cruyff Arena (formerly Amsterdam Arena) is a sports venue located in the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The stadium is mainly used for football and is the home ground of Eredivisie club Ajax Amsterdam, as well as the venue for most of the Dutch national team's matches. Opened in 1996, it is the largest stadium in the Netherlands with a capacity of 54,990 spectators and is classified as elite (category 4) by UEFA.

It is one of the stadiums that hosted the final phase of the 2000 European Football Championship. The semi-final, in which Italy won against the Netherlands on penalty kicks, was played in this stadium. On 20 May 1998 the stadium hosted the UEFA Champions League final, won by Real Madrid against Juventus, and on 15 May 2013 it hosted the UEFA Europa League final, won by Chelsea against Benfica.

Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena was in the running to be the 'main' stadium for the competition to host the semi-finals and the final match. However, it will only host a quarter-final. Nevertheless, German and other fans will be able to enjoy a number of high-profile matches, including the German national team, France and Portugal.

  • Tuesday 15 June: France-Germany (Group F)

  • Saturday 19 June: Portugal-Germany (Group F)

  • Wednesday 23 June: Germany-Hungary (Group F)

  • Friday 2 July: Quarter-final

Allianz Arena is a football stadium in the northern part of Munich,

Germany

. Since the 2005/2006 season, Bayern Munich and the German national team have played their matches there. Until August 2017, TSV 1860 Munich also played their matches there.

At the moment it is one of the most modern football stadiums in the world. It is named after one of its sponsors, the German insurance company Allianz. In Champions League matches, due to a UEFA regulation that the name of the sponsor cannot be included in the stadium name, it is renamed Arena München.

In 2006, the Allianz Arena served as one of the major stadiums for the World Cup. At the World Cup it was named the "FIFA WM-Stadion München". The final match of the 2012 Champions League season between German club Bayern Munich and England's Chelsea F.C. took place on 19 May 2012. The winner in the penalty shoot-out was Chelsea F.C.

Puskás Arena

This will be the first time for Hungary to host the European Championship and its stadium is named after the famous Hungarian player. The Ferenc Puskas stadium will have the chance to see Portugal and France in particular during this Euro 2020. The following matches will be played in this stadium:

  • Tuesday 15 June: Hungary - Portugal (Group F)

  • Saturday 19 June: Hungary-France (Group F)

  • Wednesday 23 June: Portugal-France (Group F)

  • Sunday 27 June: Round of 16

The Puskás Aréna is a football stadium in Zugló district of the Hungarian capital Budapest. Founded on the site of the 1953 Puskás Ferenc Stadium, named after Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006), which was demolished in 2016. The new 67,155-seat national stadium hosts the home matches of the Hungarian national football team, among others. This arena, owned by the Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség (MLSZ) football association, is planned as the venue for the European Football Championship to be held across Europe in 2021.

The opening ceremony of the stadium took place on 15 November 2019 with a friendly match between the Hungarian national football team and the Uruguayan national football team, the match ended with a 2-1 victory for Uruguay, with goals from Ádám Szalai for the home team and Edinson Cavani and Brian Rodríguez for the visitors. The idea of inviting the Uruguayan national football team came from Károly Jankovics, leader of the Hungarian community in Montevideo.

UEFA moved the 2020 UEFA Super Cup match from the Estádio do Dragão in Porto to the Budapest stadium on 17 June 2020. That game was played on 24 September. Champions League winners FC Bayern Munich won 2-1 against Europa League winners FC Sevilla. A crowd of 15,180 was present in the stadium.

Hampden Park

The Scottish national team has made it through the play-offs to Euro 2020 and will therefore be present at the competition. Scotland will also be represented by its stadium at the competition. Hampden Park is known for its lively stadium atmosphere and will be able to welcome 52,063 fans. Hampden Park will be hosting the following matches this summer:

  • Monday 14 June: Scotland-Czech Republic (Group D)

  • Friday 18 June: Croatia-Czech Republic (Group D)

  • Tuesday 22 June: Croatia-Scotland (Group D)

  • Tuesday 29 June: Round of 16

Hampden Park is a British sports venue in Glasgow, the national stadium of the Scottish football team. Designed by renowned British architect Archibald Leitch and officially opened on 31 October 1903, it has hosted three Champions League finals (1960, 1976 and 2002), two Cup Winners' Cup finals (1962 and 1966) and a UEFA Cup final (2007), becoming one of the few stadiums in Europe to host the final of all three major UEFA club competitions.

While historically owned by Queen's Park Rangers football club since its inception, Hampden Park has been owned by the Scottish Football Association since 1 August 2020, having been the de-facto owner since 2000 through a 20-year lease; in 2019 Queen's Park legally relinquished the stadium, and the transfer became official the day after the lease expired on 31 July 2020.

For many years it was one of the largest venues in the world, with a capacity of around 150,000 spectators, although it underwent several renovations for safety reasons, reducing its capacity to around 52,000 in 1999.

Wembley

The home of the Three Lions is the one that (logically) gets the lion's share of the attention between the Euro 2020 stadiums. One of Europe's most prestigious venues, Wembley Stadium, with its 90,000 seats (second largest capacity in Europe after Camp Nou) will host the last three games of Euro 2020.

  • Sunday 13 June: England-Croatia (Group D)

  • Friday 18 June: England-Scotland (Group D)

  • Tuesday 22 June: Czech Republic-England (Group D)

  • Saturday 26 June: Round of 16

  • Tuesday 6 July: Semi-final 

  • Wednesday 7 July: Semi-final 

  • Sunday 11 July: Final

The Wembley Stadium is located in Wembley, part of the London Borough of Brent. It is mainly used for football matches. It was built from 2003 to 2007 after the demolition of the old Wembley Stadium built in 1923, has a capacity of 90,000 spectators and features a 133 m high arch and a retractable roof. It is the national stadium of the English national football team. Pelé said of the stadium: "Wembley is the church of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football."

The first football match at the new Wembley was a charity match on 17 March 2007. Mark Bright, a former professional footballer, scored the first goal at this match. The first official international match was the England Under-21 friendly against Italy on 24 March 2007 (final score 3-3). In this match, Italy's Giampaolo Pazzini scored the first goal scored by a professional player in the new stadium after only 25 seconds.

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