Amsterdam to St Petersburg: A Euro 2020 venue guide

Date published: Friday 4th June 2021 9:14 - Dave Tickner

Wembley Euro 2020 venue

Eleven cities across Europe will host the 51 matches of the rescheduled Euro 2020 finals over 31 days from Friday June 11.

So we’ve had a look at the venues hosting games, and the current capacity limits in place due to the ‘rona.

 

AMSTERDAM: Johan Cruyff Arena
Normal capacity: 55,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: at least 12,000

The Dutch venue promises to be a sea of orange for Holland’s group games, and will also host the opening last-16 game. A capacity review will take place ahead of the finals, and cases have dropped significantly since the 12,000 pledge was made in April. Officially renamed in honour of Cruyff in 2017, which also represented a missed opportunity to get rid of the unnecessary and triggering second capital A in Arena in the stadium’s official name.

Famous moments:
Hosted the 1998 Champions League final and Chelsea’s 2013 Europa League triumph. As Ajax’s home ground it was also of course the venue for Lucas Moura’s outrageous second-half smash-and-grab in the 2019 semi-final, a match that still defies all logic and reason two years on.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Holland v Ukraine (June 13, 8pm), Holland v Austria (June 17, 8pm), Holland v North Macedonia (June 21, 5pm)
Last 16: Match 1 (June 26, 5pm).

 

BAKU: Olympic Stadium
Normal capacity: 68,700
Capacity for Euro 2020: 31,000

The most easterly Euro venue has said fans with tickets and a negative test will be exempt from the usual entry restrictions into Azerbaijan, but the Football Association of Wales has advised fans of its national team not to travel, with the former Soviet state on the British Government’s amber list.

Famous moments:
Another ground where Chelsea have won the Europa League, giving Arsenal a bit of a shoeing in 2019. And of course Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid in the 2017/18 Champions League. We all remember that one. Despite its name, it has never hosted the Olympics.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Wales v Switzerland (June 12, 2pm), Turkey v Wales (June 16, 5pm), Switzerland v Turkey (June 20, 5pm)
Quarter-final: Winner L16 M3 v Winner L16 M1 (July 3, 5pm).

 

BUCHAREST: National Arena
Normal capacity: 54,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 13,000

Romania’s failure to qualify means it will host four games as a neutral venue. Tournament organisers UEFA said in April that fans can enter Romania for up to three days with a valid ticket and a recent negative Covid test. Bucharest hosted the draw for the finals in November 2019.

Famous moments:
Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the all-Spanish 2012 Europa League final. An Ed Sheeran concert in 2019. And soon Ukraine v North Macedonia. Cannot. Wait.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Austria v North Macedonia (June 13, 5pm), Ukraine v North Macedonia (June 17, 2pm), Ukraine v Austria (June 21, 5pm)
Last 16, Match 6 (June 28, 8pm).

 

BUDAPEST: Puskas Arena
Normal capacity: 61,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 61,000

Puskas Arena

Currently the only one of the 11 venues working towards 100 per cent capacity, albeit with strict entry criteria set to be in place. Hungary face holders Portugal and world champions France on home turf before heading to Munich to take on Germany in what we probably shouldn’t really call the ‘Group of Death’ given the circumstances.

Famous moments:
Played host to Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Sevilla in last year’s Super Cup and became a go-to venue for Covid-regulation-mandated neutral Champions League and Europa League games this season, including Liverpool and Manchester City’s last-16 ties and Spurs beating Wolfsberger 4-1.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Hungary v Portugal (June 15, 5pm), Hungary v France (June 19, 2pm), Portugal v France (June 23, 8pm)
Last 16: Match 3 (June 27, 5pm).

 

COPENHAGEN: Parken Stadium
Normal capacity: 38,065
Capacity for Euro 2020: 15,900

Parken Stadium

The Danes initially set a minimum of 11,500 but have been able to push the capacity up slightly.

Famous moments:
Arsenal won the Cup Winners’ Cup final against Parma here in 1994 and lost the UEFA Cup final on penalties to Galatasaray six years later.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Denmark v Finland (June 12, 5pm), Denmark v Belgium (June 17, 5pm), Denmark v Russia (June 21, 8pm)
Last 16: Match 5 (June 28, 5pm)

 

GLASGOW: Hampden Park
Normal capacity: 52,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 12,000

Hampden Park

There was some uncertainty over whether Glasgow would make the final cut but the local organisers eventually provided guarantees to UEFA in April. Scotland will play their first and final group games at the venue, which has hosted the European Cup final three times – in 1960, 1976 and 2002.

Famous moments:
There have been several of course, but Zinedine Zidane’s 2002 Champions League final winner would be a standout for any stadium. Real Madrid also won the 1960 final in Glasgow, with Bayern Munich beating St Etienne in 76.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Scotland v Czech Republic (June 14, 2pm), Croatia v Czech Republic (June 18, 5pm), Scotland v Croatia (June 22, 8pm)
Last 16: Match 8 (June 29, 8pm)

 

LONDON: Wembley Stadium
Normal capacity: 90,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 22,500

Wembley Champions League final

Will now host eight matches after inheriting Dublin’s last-16 game. Crowds for the group stage and last 16 games will be capped at 22,500 but the Football Association hopes to significantly increase that for the semi-finals and final, possibly up to 45,000.

Famous moments:
No cheating and counting Old Wembley moments – quite a few famous ones there. New Wembley has a couple of Champions League finals to its name and, even more importantly, a season-and-a-half of Tottenham games among assorted FA Cup finals, Carabao finals, and whatnot.

Fixtures:
Group stage: England v Croatia (June 13, 2pm), England v Scotland (June 18, 8pm), England v Czech Republic (June 22, 8pm)
Last 16: Match 2 (June 26, 8pm), Match 7 (June 29, 5pm)
Semi-finals (July 6 and 7, 8pm)
Final (July 11, 8pm).

 

MUNICH: Allianz Arena
Normal capacity: 70,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 14,500

Allianz Arena

The Bavarian city was only confirmed as a host on April 23, and will stage all of Germany’s group games. It is also one of the venues selected for Euro 2024, which will be staged entirely in Germany.

Famous moments:
France’s victory over Portugal in the semi-final was the last of six 2006 World Cup games held at the Allianz, which of course was also the venue when Chelsea so spectacularly pulled down Bayern’s pants down on home soil in the 2012 Champions League final.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Germany v France (June 15, 8pm), Germany v Portugal (June 19, 5pm), Germany v Hungary (June 23, 8pm)
Quarter-final: Winner L16 M4 v Winner L16 M2 (July 2, 8pm).

 

ROME: Stadio Olimpico
Normal capacity: 68,530
Capacity for Euro 2020: 18,000

Stadio Olimpico

One of four cities which did not provide capacity guarantees at the earliest point of asking. All eyes will be on Rome when it hosts the opening game of the finals on June 11.

Famous moments:
Yeah, loads. Liverpool have won two of their six European titles here, while the 1990 World Cup final and two European Championship finals have been staged in Rome. More recently, there was Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Italy v Turkey (June 11, 8pm), Italy v Switzerland (June 16, 8pm), Italy v Wales (June 20, 5pm)
Quarter-final: Winner L16 M8 v Winner L16 M7 (July 3, 8pm).

 

SEVILLE: Estadio La Cartuja
Normal capacity: 60,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 18,000

Estadio La Cartuja

Seville is the most recently-added city to the Euro 2020 roster, replacing Bilbao on April 23. The venue in Andalusia will now play host to all of Spain’s group matches.

Famous moments:
Porto’s 2003 UEFA Cup win over Celtic that truly kickstarted the Jose Mourinho Phenomenon

Fixtures:
Group stage: Spain v Sweden (June 14, 8pm), Spain v Poland (June 19, 8pm), Spain v Slovakia (June 23, 5pm)
Last 16: Match 4 (June 27, 8pm).

 

ST PETERSBURG: Krestovsky Stadium
Normal capacity: 68,000
Capacity for Euro 2020: 30,500

Krestovsky Stadium

The Russian city was the biggest beneficiary of Dublin dropping out as it picked up the Irish capital’s three group games taking its overall total to seven.

Famous moments:
It doesn’t get any bigger than the World Cup third-place play-off, does it? We all remember where we were when England lost to Belgium, don’t we? Belgium definitely remember that win far more than the defeat to France in the semi-final a few days earlier, that’s for sure. Anyway, both those games were here.

Fixtures:
Group stage: Russia v Belgium (June 12, 8pm), Poland v Slovakia (June 14, 5pm), Russia v Finland (June 16, 2pm), Sweden v Slovakia (June 18, 2pm), Finland v Belgium (June 21, 8pm), Sweden v Poland (June 23, 5pm)
Quarter-final: Winner L16 M6 v Winner L16 M5 (July 2, 5pm).

 

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