The 12 stadiums of the competition

James Mason
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March 22nd 2021, 5:16 pm
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Wembley Stadium, London

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This summer’s European Championships will be the first to be held across 12 different countries with 12 host cities staging games in a continent-wide celebration of football.

The tournament is usually hosted by just one country or shared by two, but back in 2012 UEFA announced the 2020 version would be spread throughout Europe to celebrate the 60th birthday of the European Championships.

After a lengthy bidding process, eventually the 12 cities and stadiums were chosen and featuring on the list are some of the most famous football venues in the world.

Wembley Stadium, London

Regarded by English football fans as the ‘home of football’, Wembley will host group games, a round of 16 tie, both semi-finals and the final this summer. Out of the 12 being used, Wembley has the biggest capacity at 90,000 and with its famous arch is one of the most iconic global sports venues.

Rebuilt completely between 2003 and 2007 on the site of the original Wembley, at a cost of almost £800m, the stadium famously also hosts the FA Cup Final and has staged NFL games and music concerts. Tottenham Hotspur took up residency there between August 2017 and March 2019 while White Hart Lane was being demolished and their new stadium was constructed.

Allianz Arena, Munich

The second-largest stadium set to stage games at Euro 2020, Munich’s Allianz Arena can accommodate 75,000 fans and is the home of the current European champions, Bayern Munich.

Opened in 2005, it was the first stadium in the world with a full colour changing exterior and Bayern’s city rivals, 1860 Munich, also played their home matches there between 2005-17 before they returned to their previous Grunwalder Stadion home amid financial difficulties.

The Allianz Arena will stage group games and a quarter-final this summer.

Stadio Olimpico, Rome

The impressive Stadio Olimpico is the home stadium of both Roma and Lazio in the Italian capital, and has a capacity of just under 73,000. First opened in 1932 before being renovated in 1953, it was the venue for the 1960 summer Olympics and was then rebuilt completely again for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, which included putting on a roof on.

There will be group games and a quarter-final in Rome.

Olympic Stadium, Baku

Azerbaijan’s main football stadium was built between 2012-15 and has a capacity of 68,700. As well as group games, it will also be the venue for one of the quarter-finals and is a truly modern stadium, with a 1,800 seating capacity warm-up area on site, several hotels and an 81sq meter ‘green space’ surrounding it.

The stadium hosted the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final, while Qarabag’s Champions League group stage matches in the 2017-18 Champions League were played there.

Olympic Stadium, Baku

Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg

Known as the Gazprom Arena for sponsorship reasons, this St Petersburg stadium in Russia can also house 68,000 fans. It serves as the home ground for Zenit Saint Petersburg and was built with the 2018 World Cup in mind, although was officially opened for the Confederations Cup tournament held in the previous year.

It has a retractable roof with a retractable pitch to boot and will stage group games and a quarter-final.

Puskas Arena, Budapest

Another glittering modern stadium, the Puskas Arena was only opened at the end of 2019 after being built on the site of the former Ferenc Puskas Stadium. Named in honour of the legendary former Hungarian captain, Ferenc Puskas, it was recently used as a neutral venue for Champions League last-16 ties due to coronavirus restrictions in the continent and will stage group games and a round-of-16 game in the tournament.

Arena Nationala, Bucharest

The national football stadium of Romania is where Liga I clubs FCSB and Dinamo Bucharest call home and the venue, which was opened in 2011, has a capacity of just over 55,000.

The Arena Nationala hosted the 2012 Europa League Final and regularly stages music concerts. Group stage games and a round-of-16 tie will be played there at Euro 2020.

Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Previously known as the Amsterdam ArenA, Ajax’s home ground was renamed in 2018 in honour of the legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff, who died in March 2016. Built between 1993-96, the stadium can hold 55,000 for sporting events and over 71,000 for music concerts. Tina Turner was the first to perform a concert there during her Wildest Dreams Tour in 1996, while it hosted five games at Euro 2000, including a semi-final.

This summer group games and a last-16 game will take place in Amsterdam.

San Mames Stadium, Bilbao

The San Mames in the Basque region is the home ground of Athletic Bilbao and has a capacity of just over 53,000, making it the eighth-largest stadium in Spain.

Opened in 2013, the San Mames was the venue for the 2018 finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup and in 2015 was named the Sports Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.

Bilbao will stage group games and a last-16 tie at Euro 2020.

Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland’s national football stadium is where the Scots play the majority of their home games but is also still League Two side Queen’s Park’s home ground. When it was first opened in 1903, Hampden was the biggest stadium in the world with a capacity of over 100,000. Nowadays, it can accommodate just under 52,000 fans and has had plenty of alterations made to it down the years, with the most recent work being completed in 1999.

Hampden will play host to group games and a last-16 match.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Another stadium that will host group games and a last-16 tie, the Aviva in the Irish capital was opened in 2010 after being built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road Stadium. It remains Ireland’s only UEFA Category 4 Stadium and hosted the Europa League final in 2011.

It’s jointly controlled by the IRFU and the Football Association of Ireland, meaning the country’s rugby and football teams can both play there and has a capacity of 51,700.

Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

The smallest of the 12 stadiums to be used in the tournament, Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium has a capacity of 38,000 for sporting events.

Opened in 1992, it’s the home stadium of FC Copenhagen and there’s a three Michelin star restaurant, Geranium, on the eighth floor of one of the buildings in the Parken complex.

Group games and a last-16 game will be staged there this summer.

Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

 

James Mason

James is a regular commentator / reporter on all leagues across Europe and also has a wealth of written experience covering top-level football.