Around The Grounds: Euro 2020 Venue Guide [Euro 2020 stadiums]
It’s going to be an interesting summer with Euro 2020 touching down in not one host country, but 12.
The competition is celebrating its 60th anniversary and Michel Platini took the unusual step to tour the tournament.
How it will impact the tournament is a little unclear. Home advantage does usually have some sway, while the atmosphere could also suffer with no real hub for fans.
On the other hand, 12 cities have a major tournament on their doorstep and more tickets have been applied for than ever before.
If you’re going to be groundhopping from June 12 to July 12, when the final gets underway at Wembley, here’s our complete guide to the dozen venues hosting Euro 2020…
Stadio Olimpico, Italy
City: Rome, Capacity: 72,698
ROME – OCTOBER 23: The picture shows an aerial view of the Olympic Stadium on October 23, 2007 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Rome will be the city in which the tournament gets underway on June 12, 2020 and will be a host city for Group A as well as a Quarter Final.
It’s the home of Roma and Lazio and produces one of the greatest atmospheres in club football.
It was built in 1928 and has a real sense of history having been a host venue during Italia 90 and being the Final venue for both the 1968 and 1980 European Championship Finals.
Italy will play their Group Stage games there as they look to bounce back from a miserable few years in international football.
Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan
City: Baku, Capacity: 68,700
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 12: Performers depict the national flag of Azerbaijan during the Opening Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games at the Olympic Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
The Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan was the venue for the 2019 Europa League Final and is the second host city in Group A.
It will host half of the games in the group, followed by a Quarter Final.
It’s one of the more difficult cities to visit as Arsenal and Chelsea fans discovered last summer, but it’s a truly stunning stadium and suits a major tournament perfectly.
Krestovsky Stadium, Russia
City: Saint Petersburg, Capacity: 68,134
A general view shows the 2017 Confederations Cup final football match between Chile and Germany at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Home of Zenit St Petersburg, a major tournament will be back in Russia following their successful hosting of the 2018 World Cup.
It was built for that tournament and has a retractable roof as well as many more mod cons. It’ll host Group B games, which Russia will be placed in should they qualify, and will also host a Quarter Final game.
It’s got a busy few years ahead of it, with the stadium also being awarded the 2021 Champions League Final.
Parken Stadium, Denmark
City: Copenhagen, Capacity: 38,065
COPENHAGEN;DENMARK – SEPTEMBER 18: A general view of the interior of the Parken Stadium before the Superliga match between FC Copenhagen and Aalborg BK at the Parken Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Copenhagen,Denmark. (Photo by Klaus Sletting Jensen/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
The Parken Stadium is the smallest Stadium in the competition and joins Russia as a host for Group B.
It’s been the home of FC Copenhagen since 1992 and will also hold a Round of 16 fixture. If the Danish qualify they’ll have the benefit of home soil and they’ll be incredibly familiar with it as the ground is also used as the national stadium.
Johan Cruyff Stadium, Netherlands
City: Amsterdam, Capacity: 54,990
Dec 1999: General view of the Amsterdam ArenA in Holland. One of the venues for Euro 2000. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers /Allsport
It’s one of the world’s most famous stadiums and home to Ajax, the Johan Cruyff Stadium will welcome plenty of football tourists next summer for both Group C fixtures and a Round of 16 game.
The Dutch will play their group games at the venue and they’ll certainly be ones to watch given the number of young, talented players in their squad.
They’re 8/1 to do so with Paddy Power and get off to a good start and you’ll likely see the whole arena covered orange.
Arena Nationala, Romania
City: Bucharest, Capacity: 55,600
A general view of the National Arena stadium taken before the 2012 UEFA Europa League final football match between Club Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao on May 9, 2012 at the in Bucharest. AFP PHOTO / BARBARA SAX (Photo credit should read BARBARA SAX/AFP/GettyImages)
Think of Romania in major tournaments and you’ll think of the dyed blonde hair against England. However, the country has a new claim to fame now with the Arena Nationala enjoying hosting duties alongside the Netherlands in Group C.
The 55,600 seater stadium was opened in 2011 and is the home of the national team as well as Steaua Bucharest.
It will also host a Round of 16 game during the tournament and has previously held the Europa League Final back in 2012.
Wembley Stadium, England
City: London, Capacity: 90,000
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 14: Helicopters pass Wembley Stadium seen from the air on June 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Often referred to as the Home of Football, Wembley will host the highest number of games, including being hosts of Group D and holding a Round of 16 and Quarter Final.
The venue will also hold both Semi Finals and the Final as thousands of fans descend on London.
England will be hoping they conquer, just as they did in 1966 and are priced at 4/1 to do so given their success in the World Cup in 2018.
Hampden Park, Scotland
City: Glasgow, Capacity: 52,063
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 12: A general view during the international friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 12, 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Teams playing in Group D won’t have far to travel between fixtures with the second host up the road in Glasgow.
The famous Hampden Park will enjoy a real Scottish atmosphere, particularly if the nation qualifies and will also host a Round of 16 tie.
It’ll be the first time in its history the ground has hosted a major international football tournament, although it’s been a regular down the years in the likes of the European Cup.
San Mames, Spain
City: Bilbao, Capacity: 53,332
BILBAO, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between Athletic Club and SK Rapid Wien at San Mames stadium on September 29, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Spanish have struggled in recent tournaments so will be pleased to have their Group Stage fixtures in front of a home crowd.
They’re still among the favourites to win at 8/1 and being at home could make all the difference.
Home of Athletic Bilbao, the ground was built in 2013 at a cost of €211million and is one of the finest looking stadiums in Europe.
It’s yet to host a major footballing event as of yet so will enjoy having the spotlight thrown upon it in June.
It’ll host four games, including three Group Stage games and a Round of 16 tie.
Aviva Stadium, Ireland
City: Dublin, Capacity: 51,700
DUBLIN, IRELAND – MAY 18: A general view of the outside of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The Aviva Stadium will be a popular choice for tourists, with Dublin a fantastic city to watch football in.
The stadium replaced Lansdowne Road, with building work taking place before 2007 and 2010. A year later it hosted the Europa League Final and is the home of the Irish football team.
It’ll team up with Bilbao as Group D hosts, as well as hosting a Round of 16 game.
Allianz Arena, Germany
City: Munich, Capacity: 75,000
MUNICH, GERMANY – JUNE 2: A aerial view of the Allianz Arena on June 2, 2005 in Munich, Germany (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Allianz Arena has fast become an iconic stadium and is home to the great Bayern Munich.
It was host of the 2006 World Cup, opening in 2005, and will stage Group games and a Quarter Final in 2020.
The stadium will also be a host for the 2024 European Championship when Germany are the official hosts.
Puskas Arena, Hungary
City: Budapest, Capacity: 67,889
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – SEPTEMBER 05: A general view of the Ferenc Puskas Stadium is seen during the FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Hungary and Sweden at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Named after one of the country’s all time greats, the Puskas Arena is in the heart of Budapest and will host matches from Group E and a Round of 16 game.
It’s the country’s national stadium and has no club side playing there. It has yet to open and has been in construction since 2017.
It’s one of the most stunning stadium constructions of recent years and will be a real hive of activity as fans enjoy the games followed by the famous Budapest nightlife.