The showpiece event of continental football will be played across 11 different cities in Europe.
The UEFA European Championship is set to begin from the 12th of June across the length and breadth of the continent. After months of empty stadiums, fans will return to venues and watch the big stars turn up for their nations at Euro 2020. The new format allows more people to watch their favourite players in their own cities.
Euro 2020 will be contested in some of the most iconic venues, old and new. Some stadiums also boast big numbers in capacity and could welcome more fans to their stands.
Let’s look at the five biggest stadiums that will host Euro 2020:
5. Krestovsky Stadium – St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg will host the Euro 2020 tournament in Russia. The Krestovsky Stadium, located in western Krestovsky Island in the city boasts a capacity of 68,134 spectators.
The stadium will allow for 50% capacity with possible increases. The Gazprom Arena will host the preliminary group stage games of Group B and E. It will also host one quarterfinal fixture.
4. Olympic Stadium – Baku
The Olympic Stadium in Baku previously hosted the 2019 Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal. It will now share the hosting rights for Group A games with Rome.
The stadium has a total capacity of 68,700 spectators and like St. Petersburg will allow 50% capacity with possible increases. Along with the group stage games, the stadium will also host one quarterfinal which will be played on 3rd July.
3. Stadio Olimpico – Rome
The Stadio Olimpico, situated in the eternal city got renamed from the previous Stadio dei Centomila in 1960 and was re-built in 1990. It was once again re-modelled with an increased capacity of 72,698 in 2008.
Along with the World Cup final in 1990, the stadium has also hosted Champions League finals twice in 1996 and 2009 as well as the European Championship finals in 1968 and 1980.
The Stadio Olimpico will host the group stage matches of Group A (which has Italy) and the quarterfinal on 3 July 2021.
2. Allianz Arena – Munich
The Allianz Arena in Munich is home to the mighty Bayern Munich. The stadium has hosted some big games like the 2006 World Cup and the Champions League final in 2012. The stadium will also host the Champions League final in 2023. It is one of the most iconic areas on the continent and has a capacity of more than 75,000. But, the stadium will permit only 20% capacity due to the protection norms against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Allianz Arena will host the games of Germany at the Euros, meaning it will host the group stage games of Group F along with Budapest. The stadium will also host one quarterfinal match on 2nd July.
1. Wembley Stadium – England
Wembley Stadium in England is the second-biggest stadium in Europe (behind Camp Nou). It is also one of the most picturesque venues on the continent. The arena was refurbished in 2007 to include more spectators and can currently hold 90,000 people.
Wembley, which hosts the annual FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Championship playoff finals, will host the Group Stage games of Group D, the Round of 16 and the semi-finals and final which will be played on 11 July.
Previously, the iconic venue also played host to the 2013 Champions League final between Der Klassiker rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.