Euro 2020 Stadiums – My Selection

It was announced in December last year that the 2020 European Football Championship will be held 13 different cities in as many different countries.

We may not like this decision, but it’s going to happen anyway so we might as well deal with it.

Matches all over Europe? Merci beaucoup monsieur Platini.

Matches all over Europe? Merci beaucoup monsieur Platini.

What I’m intrigued about is which 13 cities are going to be picked for what will be the championship’s 60th anniversary.

The bidding process will begin in April and continue until September next year, and so far 30 cities have expressed an interest. A full list can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_2020#Expression_of_interest_as_host_cities

If it were entirely up to me, the host cities would be the capital of each nation that has won the title and a few select others, wildcards if you will.

This would mean my host cities and stadia based on current capacity would be:

STADIUM

CITY

NATION / SUCCESSOR

CURRENT CAPACITY

TITLE / WILDCARD

Luzhniki Stadium

Moscow

Russia

78,360*

1960 (U.S.S.R.)

Santiago Bernabéu

Madrid

Spain

85,454

1964, 2008, 2012

Stadio Olimpico

Rome

Italy

70,634

1968

Olympic Stadium

Berlin

Germany

74,064

1972 (West), 1980 (West), 1996

Eden Arena

Prague

Czech Republic

21,000

1976 (Czechoslovakia)

Stade de France

Paris

France

81,338

1984, 2000

Amsterdam ArenA

Amsterdam

Netherlands

53,052

1988

Parken Stadium

Copenhagen

Denmark

38,065

1992

Olympic Stadium

Athens

Greece

69,618

2004

Red Star Stadium

Belgrade

Serbia

55,538

Twice Finalist (1960, 1968) (Yugoslavia)

King Baudouin (Heysel) Stadium

Brussels

Belgium

45,200

Finalist (1980)

Estádio da Luz

Lisbon

Portugal

65,647

Finalist (2004)

Wembley Stadium

London

England

90,000

World Champion (1966)

*The Luzhniki Stadium will be expanded to 89,318 seats for the 2018 World Cup.

UEFA have announced that 12 of the 13 stadia will be used for the first 48 of the 51 matches, with each ground hosting three Group matches and a Round of 16 or Quarter-Final match, while the Semi-Finals and Final will be held at the 13th stadium.

Said 13th stadium must have a seating capacity of 70,000+, Quarter-Final stadia must be 60,000+, while Round of 16 and Group match stadiums must be 50,000+.

Because I’m English I’m naturally awarding Wembley the Semis and the Final.

After all, UEFA president Michel Platini (who is French) said: “When there is a Turkish president, then you can host a major tournament.”, after France narrowly beat Turkey in the Euro 2016 host election.

The vice-president of UEFA, Şenes Erzik, is Turkish. Awkward.

My four Quarter-Final stadia would be the: Luzhniki, Bernabéu, Stade de France and Berlin Olympic Stadium, based on capacity and the titles: Russia, Spain, France and Germany have won (the first and multiple thereafter).

On a quick side-note, UEFA have said that each host city must have either two airports or two separate terminals if they only have one airport in order to segregate fans.

Admittedly there are a few holes in this stadium selection but none that can’t be fixed before the tournament I would imagine.

By 2020 these may not be the largest stadiums in their respective country, and some are not even that today.

Secondly, not all of these cities have declared an interest in hosting Euro 2020 matches.

Thirdly, Eden Arena in Prague and Parken Stadium in Copenhagen are both too small to host a Europa League final, let alone a European Championship match, but with a bit of expansion here and there they’d get to the required 50,000 seats.

Eden Arena is actually where the 2013 UEFA Super Cup will be played, the first time it won’t be held in Monaco since the one-off match format was introduced in 1998.

Lastly, Madrid and possibly Spain as a whole may have to forgo hosting matches if Madrid is successful in its 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.

What do you think about my stadia selection? Have I made a glaring oversight or hit the nail on the head?

Please leave any thoughts you have in the comments.

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About Alex Crouch 92

I'm a lifelong Formula One fan who also enjoys classic rock/heavy metal music.
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One Response to Euro 2020 Stadiums – My Selection

  1. Ron Hegarty [G'Dad Ron] says:

    Well thought out Alex. It will be interesting to find out if your proposal meets with the Euro footie plans.

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