Just 2 days before their first game, the Danes confirmed readiness to increase capacity of Parken to as many as 25,000 seats. The decision still needs to be approved by UEFA, though.
As confirmed by the Danish football association (DBU) today, the national stadium’s capacity for Euro 2020 could grow very significantly. Approval of such move was expressed earlier today by Folketinget (Danish parliament). As part of restriction easing, Denmark could see larger crowds during mass events and Parken could benefit from the move.
In March of this year it was announced that Parken would be the smallest stadium of the European Championship not just in terms of nominal capacity but also factual one, including social distancing measures. The crowd size was set for 11,250.
However, following analysis showed that a slightly larger turnout could be accepted without increased risk and eventually the number was increased to 15,900. Today’s decision by the parliament might see an increase to 25,000, which represents roughly 65% of the nominal size.
Unfortunately, the decision comes too late for many fans of the Danish national team. With just two days left until the first match (Denmark – Finland, June 12), it’s impossible to implement any change for that game.
However, all three remaining fixtures in Copenhagen could see a major increase in tickets available. UEFA’s decision is now crucial, since any such change has to be approved by the tournament’s organisers. If or when this happens, distribution of additional tickets can begin.