March 04, 2020

EURO 2020: Host Cities and Stadiums

This UEFA European Championship was played, how could it be otherwise, in France and had the participation of only 4 teams. Subsequently, in 1980, in the edition played in Italy, the number of national football teams was increased to 8 and the group stage system was implemented. In 1996, the UEFA European Championship in England increased the number of participating teams to 16, a condition that would remain until the last Euro played to date, that of France 2016, where the number of participants was taken to 24.

What date does the 2020 Euros have?

This year’s edition starts on June 12 in Rome, with the match between the Turkish and Italian national football teams. The tournament will run for exactly one month, until July 12th where the final will be played at Wembley Stadium, which is obviously the UEFA 2020 Euros finals schedule.

 

What are the requirements of the Stadiums to be in part of The UEFA Euro 2020?

Before we explore the selected stadium locations, let us see what are the requirements of each stadium to be featured in The UEFA Euro 2020.

“Must requirements”

In order to host UEFA EURO 2020 matches, the bidders need to ensure the provision of the following stadium infrastructure and services (management & operations) related to the stadium directly and its adjacent areas:

Must requirements for the stadium:

InfrastructureServices (management & operations)
a. Stadium capacity and availabilityk. Parking areas and access management
b. Location, orientation, and accessibilityl. Environmental aspects
c. Safety and security infrastructure and equipmentm. Stadium management, administration and project management
d. Spectator welfaren. Safety & security services including medical services
e. Pitcho. Facility management/housekeeping
f. Players and match officialsp. Cleaning and waste management
g. Hospitalityq. ICT services
h. Media & broadcastingr. Pitch maintenance & ground keeping
i. Technical servicess. Stadium concessionaire services
j. Management and stadium servicest. Giant screen operations

“EURO overlay requirements”

Additional and/or upgrade requirements for temporary infrastructure and services specifically for UEFA EURO 2020 operations listed below need to be provided or facilitated by the stadium, the host city or third parties depending on whom it is owned. This means that any venue taken into consideration by the host association needs to have the capacities to establish and put into operations these additional requirements:

InfrastructureServices (management & operations)
1. Increased safety & security requirements
(outer security perimeter fence)
9. EURO specific safety & security services
2. In-house staff and media working facilities10.Spectator wayfinding support
3. EURO specific safety & security requirements11.Access control & ticketing management
4. EURO specific spectator welfare facilities12.Team and match officials’ liaison management
5. Accreditation and ticket collecting facilities13.VIP protocol and hospitality services
6. EURO specific ICT & technical infrastructure14.Accreditation services
7. Outside hospitality facilities15.TV & media services
8. EURO specific TV & media facilities16.Stadium entertainment & ceremonies
 17.Marketing & sponsor activities

Stadium capacities

Seat capacities required for the different packages are:

InfrastructureServices (management & operations)
Group or round of 16 match50,000 plus*
Quarter-final60,000 plus
Semi-final or final70,000 plus

 

Where are 2020 Euros being held?

As we mentioned, the main particularity of this UEFA European Championship is that it will be played in 12 different countries in some of the stadiums of the most iconic cities of European football, all of them part of the UEFA 4-star stadium club. Below we list these stadiums:

  • Wembley Stadium (London): The “cathedral of football” and the home of the England national football team, was a mandatory option that should be included in this special tournament. In fact, 7 games of the UEFA 2020 Euros will be played in Wembley, including the two semifinals and the final.

  • Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg): It has a capacity of 56 thousand spectators. The stadium is one of the most modern in Europe built for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In Krestovsky Stadium 3 Group B matches and one of the quarterfinals will be played.

  • Arena Națională (Bucharest): It is the stadium where Steaua Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest play their home matches as well as the Romania national football team. Here 3 Group C matches and one round of 16 of the UEFA 2020 Euros will be played.

  • San Mamés Stadium (Bilbao): Opened in 2013, the new San Mamés Stadium has a capacity of approximately 53,000 spectators and is where Athletic Club plays host. In Spain, 3 Group E and one round of 16 matches will be played.

  • Allianz Arena (Munich): Built for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the stadium serves as the home for Bayern Munich and Munich 1860 (between 2005 and 2017). One of the hallmarks of the stadium (which is now shared with the San Mamés Stadium in Spain) is the ability to change its exterior color, which adapts according to the team that plays the match as a venue. In the Allianz Arena, 3 matches of Group F and one of the quarterfinals will be played.

  • Hampden Park (Glasgow): This is where Scotland’s national football team (and Queen’s Park FC, Scotland’s oldest club) play their home games since the first decade of the 20th century. In the UEFA 2020 Euros, 3 Group D matches and one of the rounds of 16 will be played.

  • Stadio Olimpico (Rome): The imposing Stadio Olimpico with its current capacity of 70 thousand spectators is the house of the AS Roma and the SS Lazio of the Serie A of Italy. 3 of the Group A matches will be played at the Olympic Games including the opening match and one of the quarterfinal matches.

  • Aviva Stadium (Dublin): It is the stadium where Ireland’s national football team has played its home matches since 2010. Three Group E games and one round of 16 will be played here.

  • Olympic Stadium (Baku): Another modern stadium (opened in 2015) located in Azerbaijan and where the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League final was played. In Euro 2020, 3 Group A matches and one quarterfinal game will be played.

  • Puskás Aréna (Budapest): Located in Hungary, it was named in honor of one of the greatest football players in history (Ferenc Puskás), it is the most recently inaugurated stadium of which will host the UEFA 2020 Euros (November 2019). It will host 3 matches of Group F and one of the rounds of 16.

  • Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam): Formerly known as the Amsterdam Arena, it has a capacity of almost 55 thousand spectators and is home to the Ajax of Holland. Here 3 Group C matches and one of the rounds of 16 will be played.

  • Parken Stadium (Copenhagen): Finally, the last stadium on the list is located in Denmark and since 1992, it is where the local club (Copenhagen FC) and the Denmark national football team play their home matches. It will host 3 Group B matches and one round of 16.

This year’s UEFA European Championship edition promises to be one of the most disputed and interesting of recent times, starting with, for example, the Group F draw where there are 3 champions (Germany, France, and Portugal) in addition to the huge constellation of stars that gather in this tournament like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane and many others.

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