Last month, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has confirmed the finals hosts of the pandemic-postponed European Championships, with Bilbao and Dublin stripped-off of its rights because they could not guarantee the presence of fans at the stadiums. Wembley in London will now host a round-of-16 match initially placed in Dublin, while Seville replaces Bilbao as a host city.
The most glorious 24-team tournament will take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021 at the 11 confirmed hosts that commit to a number of fans in the stadiums: Amsterdam (12,000), London (22,500), Munich (14,500), Rome (18,000), Seville (19,000), Baku (34,000), St Petersburg (34,000), Budapest (67,000), Bucharest (13,000), Glasgow (13,000) and Copenhagen (12,000).
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam (Holland)
Previously known as Amsterdam Arena, Johan Cruijff Arena was renamed in 2018 to honour Ajax’s former player and coach, who was born in Amsterdam and passed away in March 2016. The stadium was built from 1993 to 1996 at a cost equivalent to €140 million. The stadium can hold 54,990 people during football matches, while a maximum of 68,000 people during concerts.
Olympic Stadium, Baku (Azerbaijan)
Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan and they boast a 68,700-seat stadium called Baku Olympic Stadium. This six-storey stadium was the venue for the 2019 UEFA Europa League final, in which Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal. It is the home of the Azerbaijan national team. This 225,000-square-meter stadium on a 650,000-square-meter site is one of the youngest stadiums to be used in the tournament.
Arena Nationala, Bucharest (Romania)
Arena Nationala or The National Arena Bucharest, which opened in 2011, stands on the site of the old National Stadium. The revamped national stadium has 55,634 seats and the largest football stadium in Romania. It hosted the 2012 UEFA Europa League final, where Atlético Madrid beat Bilbao’s Athletic Club 3-0. The stadium is also the home of Liga I football clubs FCSB and Dinamo București.
Puskas Arena, Budapest (Hungry)
Puskas Arena is Budapest’s newest stadium named after its most famous team captain Ferenc Puskás, and is home to the Hungarian national team. The revamped stadium finished its construction in 2019 and can now hold 67,215 spectators. Its predecessor, the Népstadion (People’s Stadium) had been the home of the Hungary national team since 1953.
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Seating just over 38,000 fans, Parken Stadium is the largest football venue in Denmark, and home to FC Copenhagen as well as the senior men’s national side. It staged the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup final and the UEFA Cup final six years later, both involving Arsenal. The former site of Parken Stadium, the Idrætsparken from 1990 to 1992 witnessed the Euro 1992 qualification loss to Yugoslavia.
Hampden Park, Glasgow (Scotland)
The Hampden Stadium staged the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872. Hampden was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000. The world’s biggest stadium from 1908–50, Hampden Park held a record attendance of 149,415 for a 1937 Scotland v England match. Hampden Park is home to the Scottish national team.
Wembley Stadium, London (England)
The UK’s largest stadium and home to the English Football Association, Wembley Stadium is the centrepiece of the Euro 2020 finals where vital matches will be held in this stadium. The old ‘Empire Stadium’ officially opened in 1924 and has welcomed over 21 million visitors since reopening in 2007. Wembley Stadium is owned by the governing body of English football, the Football Association (FA).
Allianz Arena, Munich (Germany)
Home of Bundesliga giants Bayern München, the Football Arena Munich was completed in April 2005 in time to stage games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It can accommodate 75,000 spectators for international games. This stadium is widely known for its exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels, the first stadium in the world to have a full colour changing exterior.
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (Italy)
Shared by Roma and Lazio, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome has undergone several renovations since officially opening in 1953. It has staged four European Cup finals, the 1960 Olympics and the finals of EURO 1968 and the 1990 World Cup, as well as various Italy matches. Currently the main and largest sports facility of Rome, this stadium previously hosted the 1980 final of the European Championship.
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg since April 2017, Saint Petersburg Stadium held seven fixtures at the 2018 World Cup. The stadium was built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished. It was the most attended match during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final, setting the record attendance for the stadium.
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