All you need to know about the 12 venues of Euro 2020 (part 2)

In 2014, UEFA have allocated fixtures in 13 cities across Europe. However, Brussels later withdrawn their staging participation when a stadium construction lacked support from local authorities. The four games in Brussels were allocated to Wembley Stadium in London. Held every four years, Euro is considered the most popular football tournament next to the World Cup in terms of international prestige.

The matches of the 2020 Euro Cup were initially scheduled to be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe, namely in London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), St. Petersburg (Russia), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland) and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Puskas Arena, Budapest (Hungry) 

Matches to be staged in this arena are: Play-off winner A (D) v Portugal; Play-off winner A (D) v France; Portugal v France; Round of 16: 1C v 3D/E/F. Puskas Arena is Budapest’s newest stadium named after its most famous team captain FerencPuskás, and is home to the Hungarian national team. The revamped stadium finished its construction in 2019 and can now hold 67,215 spectators.

Its predecessor, the Népstadion (People’s Stadium) which had been the home of the Hungary national team since 1953,witnessed England’s heaviest international defeat, 7-1 to Hungary on 23 May 1954. Aside from hosting matches for the Euro 2020, the Puskas Arena has been selected to host the 2022 Europa League final.

Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Matches to be staged in this arena are:  Denmark v Finland; Denmark v Belgium; Russia v Denmark; Round of 16: 2D v 2E. Seating just over 38,000 fans, Parken Stadium is the largest football venue in Denmark, and home to FC Copenhagen as well as the senior men’s national side. It staged the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup final and the UEFA Cup final six years later, both involving Arsenal.

The former site of Parken Stadium, the Idrætsparken from 1990 to 1992 witnessed the Euro 1992 qualification loss to Yugoslavia, the last national team match before its demolition. The stadium was rebuilt by investors Baltica FinansA/S, now known for sponsorship reasons as Telia Parken. In addition to football, Parken provides a spectacular venue for large-scale concerts and events.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin (Ireland)

Matches to be staged in this arena are: Poland v Play-off winner B; Sweden v Play-off winner B; Sweden v Poland; Round of 16 1D v 2F. With an all-seated capacity of more than 50,000, the Dublin Arena has been home to the Republic of Ireland’s football and rugby union teams since opening in 2010. It held the all-Portuguese 2011 UEFA Europa League final, RadamelFalcao getting Porto’s winner against Braga.

Following the on-going talks between the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and government officials regarding the hosting of the postponed European Championships, the Irish government has reiterated its desire to stage part of the tournament in Dublin after the event was rescheduled for the summer of 2021.

Hampden Park, Glasgow (Scotland)

Matches to be staged in this arena are: Play-off winner C v Czech Republic; Croatia v Czech Republic; Croatia v Play-off winner C; Round of 16: 1E v 3A/B/C/D). The Hampden Stadium staged the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872. Hampden was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000.

The world’s biggest stadium from 1908–50, Hampden Park held a record attendance of 149,415 for a 1937 Scotland v England match. Hampden Park is home to the Scottish national team and Scottish League Two club Queens Park. The stadium has hosted prestigious sporting events, including three European Cup / Champions League finals, two Cup Winners’ Cup finals and a UEFA Cup final.