Euro 2020 stadiums (Euro for Europe)
|Tournament name||Design||Construction||City||Country||Tournament capacity|
|Puskás Aréna||See||See||Budapest||61 000|
|Wembley Stadium||London||60 000|
|Baku Olympic Stadium||See||See||Baku||34 000|
|Saint Petersburg Stadium||Petersburg||30 500|
|Parken Stadium||Kopenhagen||25 000|
|Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla||Sevilla||20 000|
|Olimpico in Rome||Rome||17 000|
|Johan Cruijff ArenA||See||Amsterdam||16 000|
|Football Arena Munich||Munich||14 500|
|National Arena||See||Bucharest||13 000|
|Hampden Park||Glasgow||12 000|
2020 European Championship in a unique format
After an extremely narrow loss to France over Euro 2016, Turkey was widely considered the favourite to host its own Euros in 2020, with over 20 modern stadiums being planned or delivered at the time. However, in mid-2012 UEFA president Michel Platini suggested a completely new event layout is being considered, with “12 to 13” cities across the continent.
By December the decision was official and “Euro for Europe” was announced as a way to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the very first European Championships. Because there were up to 13 hosts expected, the rule about hosts’ automatic qualification was abolished. However, in the end almost all host nations (with Azerbaijan and Romania being the exceptions) did qualify, even if for Hungary and Scotland it meant going through play-offs.
What are the stadiums of Euro 2020?
The new formula meant that each national football federation was able to select a candidate city and stadium. Aside from the stadia being modern, there was one major criterion: capacity. For major countries it was set at 50,000+, however a few spots were reserved for smaller federations, with stadiums of 30,000+.
In total, 13 match packages were prepared by UEFA, including 12 regular ones (3 group games + 1 knock-out game), while the 13th package was limited to the three most important fixtures: both semifinals and final.
There were over 30 countries expressing interest in hosting, however eventually only 19 decided to bid for hosting rights. Worth noting, France (hosts of the last edition) and Turkey (hopeful of winning a solo bid for Euro 2024, eventually losing to Germany) didn’t launch official bids. Along with Ukraine and Poland they were the largest UEFA associations not to compete.
Also, only two bids for the Euro 2020 final and semifinals were launched, by England’s FA (with Wembley) and Germany’s DFB (with Allianz Arena). London snapped the games, Munich had to settle with a regular match package.
Official selection of the host cities was announced in September of 2014. UEFA opted for the favourites, giving Western Europe and existing stadiums bulk of the 51 planned games. The winning bids include, in alphabetical order: Allianz Arena (Munich), Arena Națională (Bucharest), Aviva Stadium (Dublin), Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu (Baku), Eurostadium (Brussels), Hampden Park (Glasgow), Johan Cruijff ArenA (Amsterdam), Parken Stadium (Copenhagen), Puskás Aréna (Budapest), San Mames (Bilbao), Stadio Olimpico (Rome), Stadion St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg) and the aforementioned Wembley National Stadium (London).
The list means Western Europe received nine spots (of which three are within the British Isles), while Central and Eastern Europe only got four. Four is also the number of stadiums that didn’t exist at the time of selection. These were either under construction already (Baku Olympic Stadium and St. Petersburg Stadium) or planned to see groundbreaking within a couple of years (Eurostadium and Puskás Aréna).
An update of the list happened in December of 2017, when growing deadlock around the Belgian national stadium prompted UEFA to drop Brussels entirely. By that time delivery for mid-2020 was already unfeasible. Despite appeals to include one of the unlucky losers (like Cardiff or Stockholm), UEFA decided to award Belgium’s games to Wembley.
COVID-19 impact on Euro 2020
Because of the sudden outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic across Europe in early March of 2020, after just several days UEFA decided to postpone the tournament until 2021. It was to retain its 2020 branding despite the rescheduling. Also, the June-July calendar was retained (June 11 to July 11, to be precise), as well as the list of selected hosts.
Because of the pandemic being handled differently across Europe, the governing body asked all hosts to prepare for varying scenarios, from empty stands, through partial opening to sell-out crowds in the best case.
Eventually, in early spring of 2021, UEFA required each host to offer guarantees of being able to accept at least a portion of fans inside their stadium. The goal was to avoid empty stadiums as Europe was reopening.
Ireland and Spain were unable to present even such partial guarantees for the tournament, which prompted UEFA’s decision on April 23 to drop Dublin and Bilbao. While there was no replacement stadium in Ireland (Dublin’s games were distributed between Saint Petersburg and London), Spain offered Sevilla’s Estadio Olimpico, which was already well prepared to deal with events during the pandemic.
|Olimpico in Rome||Turkey 0–3 Italy||12,916||11/06/2021 21:00|
|Baku Olympic Stadium||Wales 1–1 Switzerland||8,782||12/06/2021 15:00|
|Baku Olympic Stadium||Turkey 0–2 Wales||19,762||16/06/2021 18:00|
|Olimpico in Rome||Italy 3–0 Switzerland||12,445||16/06/2021 21:00|
|Baku Olympic Stadium||Switzerland 3–1 Turkey||17,138||20/06/2021 18:00|
|Olimpico in Rome||Italy 1–0 Wales||11,541||20/06/2021 18:00|
|Parken Stadium||Denmark 0–1 Finland||15,200||12/06/2021 18:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Belgium 3–0 Russia||26,264||12/06/2021 21:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Finland 0–1 Russia||24,540||16/06/2021 15:00|
|Parken Stadium||Denmark 1–2 Belgium||23,395||17/06/2021 18:00|
|Parken Stadium||Russia 1–4 Denmark||23,644||21/06/2021 21:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Finland 0–2 Belgium||18,545||21/06/2021 21:00|
|National Arena Bucharest||Austria 3–1 North Macedonia||9,082||13/06/2021 18:00|
|Johan Cruijff ArenA||Netherlands 3–2 Ukraine||15,832||13/06/2021 21:00|
|National Arena Bucharest||Ukraine 2–1 North Macedonia||10,001||17/06/2021 15:00|
|Johan Cruijff ArenA||Netherlands 2–0 Austria||15,243||17/06/2021 21:00|
|Johan Cruijff ArenA||North Macedonia 0–3 Netherlands||15,227||21/06/2021 18:00|
|National Arena Bucharest||Ukraine 0–1 Austria||10,472||21/06/2021 18:00|
|Wembley Stadium||England 1–0 Croatia||18,497||13/06/2021 15:00|
|Hampden Park||Scotland - Czechia||9,847||14/06/2021 15:00|
|Hampden Park||Croatia 1–1 Czechia||5,607||18/06/2021 15:00|
|Wembley Stadium||England 0–0 Scotland||20,306||18/06/2021 21:00|
|Hampden Park||Croatia 3–1 Scotland||9,896||22/06/2021 21:00|
|Wembley Stadium||Czechia 0–1 England||19,104||22/06/2021 21:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Poland 1–2 Slovakia||12,862||14/06/2021 18:00|
|Stadium La Cartuja||Spain 0–0 Sweden||10,559||14/06/2021 21:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Sweden 1–0 Slovakia||11,525||18/06/2021 15:00|
|Stadium La Cartuja||Spain 1–1 Poland||11,742||19/06/2021 21:00|
|Stadium La Cartuja||Slovakia 0–5 Spain||11,204||23/06/2021 18:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Sweden 3–2 Poland||14,252||23/06/2021 18:00|
|Puskás Aréna||Hungary 0–3 Portugal||55,662||15/06/2021 18:00|
|Football Arena Munich||France 1–0 Germany||13,000||15/06/2021 21:00|
|Puskás Aréna||Hungary 1–1 France||55,998||19/06/2021 15:00|
|Football Arena Munich||Portugal 2–4 Germany||12,926||19/06/2021 18:00|
|Puskás Aréna||Portugal 2–2 France||54,886||23/06/2021 21:00|
|Football Arena Munich||Germany 2–2 Hungary||12,413||23/06/2021 21:00|
Round of 16
|Johan Cruijff ArenA||Wales 0–4 Denmark||14,645||26/06/2021 18:00|
|Wembley Stadium||Italy 2–1 Austria||18,910||26/06/2021 21:00|
|Puskás Aréna||Netherlands 0–2 Czechia||52,834||27/06/2021 18:00|
|Stadium La Cartuja||Belgium 1–0 Portugal||11,504||27/06/2021 21:00|
|Parken Stadium||Croatia 3–5 Spain||22,771||28/06/2021 18:00|
|National Arena Bucharest||France 3–3 (4-5p) Switzerland||22,642||28/06/2021 21:00|
|Wembley Stadium||England 2–0 Germany||41,973||29/06/2021 18:00|
|Hampden Park||Sweden 1–2 Ukraine||9,221||29/06/2021 21:00|
|St. Petersburg Stadium||Switzerland 1–1 (1-3p) Spain||24,764||02/07/2021 18:00|
|Football Arena Munich||Belgium 1–2 Italy||12,984||02/07/2021 21:00|
|Baku Olympic Stadium||Czechia 1–2 Denmark||16,306||03/07/2021 18:00|
|Olimpico in Rome||Ukraine 0–4 England||11,880||03/07/2021 21:00|
|Wembley Stadium||Italy 1–1 (4-2p) Spain||57,811||06/07/2021 21:00|
|Wembley Stadium||England 2–1 Denmark||64,950||07/07/2021 21:00|
|Wembley Stadium||Italy 1–1 (3-2p) England||67,173||11/07/2021 21:00|
- Total: 1,099,278
- Average: 21,554
London: Wembley's record-breaking year
The post-pandemic reality is proving to be a golden period for many venues. Wembley is no different. The operator of the legendary giant has boasted that a record number of people have visited the stadium in 2022.
UK: Wembley closed for next UEFA game!
After dramatic scenes during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, England has been sanctioned to play their next match in the UEFA competition behind closed doors.
Euro 2020: Investigations launched into Sunday’s debacle
UEFA, the FA, the police – everyone is now investigating how the organisation of a continental tournament final turned into a disaster within hours and despite early warning signs.
Euro 2020: Wembley to reach 100% capacity for the final?
As many as 90,000 people could theoretically participate in the last game of Euro 2020. Although COVID-19 restrictions won’t be lifted until July 19, Wembley might be exempted.
Euro 2020: Record number of infections among Scots in London
Nearly 1,300 “Tartan Army” members returning from London have tested positive for COVID-19. It’s by far the largest contingent of newly discovered infections related to Euro 2020.
Euro 2020: As UEFA bans rainbow illumination, other stadiums do it
From a simple appeal to an international diplomatic issue, this has really escalated quickly. As UEFA denied the rainbow illumination of Allianz Arena, other stadiums across Germany announce they will be lit in such way.
Euro 2020: UK still under partial lockdown but Wembley to grow
Although the government pushed the lifting of restriction a month away, Euro 2020 games at Wembley will see major capacity increase.
Euro 2020: English fan rushed to hospital after fall
A very serious accident happened during the game between England and Croatia. A fan fell from the upper tier onto stands below. He was taken to hospital in serious state.
Euro 2020: Why no team can train on the field in Saint Petersburg?
Despite some claiming it was Russia’s decision, that move is on UEFA. Contrary to tradition, no team can get accustomed with the field in Saint Petersburg. And it’s not about the grass’ quality either.
Euro 2020: Romania to boost capacity to 50%. But...
After Copenhagen, also Bucharest declared readiness to increase matchday capacity during Euro 2020. Romania has several conditions for those willing to come, though.
Euro 2020: Copenhagen ready to allow 65% fans instead of 30%
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.
Euro 2020: Bilbao and Dublin out! Changes confirmed
Zbigniew Boniek was the first to release the info: the two most threatened stadiums will not host Euro 2020. Munich remains on the list, while Seville comes in as Spain’s replacement.
Euro 2020: What capacities will stadiums have?
Will Bilbao and Dublin lose their hosting rights? Some media outlets got into speculations about potential replacements but it seems to be far from decided. Here’s what we know about Euro 2020 venues allowing fans inside.
Bucharest: Opening of Stadionul Steaua in April?
Construction pace is impressive and should see the stadium ready for use in roughly 2 months from now. But official sources suggest opening might not take place until April of 2021.
Amsterdam: ArenA conversion continues unhindered during lockdown
The first new corner section of Johan Cruijff ArenA is nearly complete. In total the stadium will gain over 1,100 new seats and a vast new standing section by the time supporters return.
Stadium of the Year: Public Award – Puskás Aréna
With strong representation from Central Europe this stadium's strong position is no secret. But that wouldn't have been enough to win. One in two (!) voters this year supported Puskás Aréna, contributing to its final success!
COVID-19 crisis: European football rescheduled
Euro 2020 is no more, get ready for Euro 2021. International games and cup finals also have a new schedule in effort to allow domestic competitions to conclude this summer.
COVID-19 crisis: European lockdown in 4 days
Though it's been weeks since Italy has closed its stadiums to spectators, vast majority of Europe only decided to follow suit this week. At least 25 countries have closed their stadia between Monday and today.
COVID-19 crisis: Further countries closing stadiums
Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and Slovakia join the list of countries where stadiums have to remain empty, while further Champions League games are scheduled to take place without spectators.
Amsterdam: Budapest to host 2022 Europa League final
Personally we'd prefer it getting a Champions League final first but that's also good news for Budapest. The new national stadium will host Europe's second major final in May of 2022.