Euro 2021 venues: host cities, match dates, stadium supporters capacity
ith the European Championship fast approaching, eleven cities across Europe are preparing to host this summer’s tournament.
UEFA and the nations involved have come a long way since Euro 2020 was rescheduled last year due to the pandemic, with the competition finally ready to go with 51 matches to go over 31 days.
Here is an overview of the sites hosting games and the current capacity limits in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stadium name: Johan Cruyff Arena
Capacity for Euros: at least 12,000
Information: The Dutch venue promises to be an orange sea for the Netherlands group matches and will also host the last 16 opener. A capacity review will take place before the finals, and cases have declined significantly since the pledge of 12,000 was made in April.
Matches: Group stage, Holland v Ukraine (June 13, 8 p.m.), Holland v Austria (June 17, 8 p.m.), Holland v North Macedonia (June 21, 5 p.m.), last 16, match 1 (June 26, 5 p.m.).
Stadium name: Olympic Stadium
Capacity for Euros: 31,000
Information: The easternmost Euro site said fans with tickets and a negative test would be exempt from the usual entry restrictions into Azerbaijan, but the Football Association of Wales advised fans of its national team to not to travel, with the former Soviet state on the government’s orange list.
Matches: Group stage, Wales v Switzerland (June 12, 2 p.m.), Turkey v Wales (June 16, 5 p.m.), Switzerland v Turkey (June 20, 5 p.m.), quarter-final, winner of last match 3 v 16 last match 1 (July 3, 5 p.m.).
Stadium name: National arena
Capacity for Euros: 13,000
Information: Romania’s failure to qualify means they will host four games as a neutral venue. Tournament organizers, 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 final in November 2019.
Matches: Group stage Austria v North Macedonia (June 13, 5 p.m.), Ukraine v North Macedonia (June 17, 2 p.m.), Ukraine v Austria (June 21 5 p.m.), last 16, game 6 (June 28, 8 p.m.).
Stadium name: Puskas Arena
Capacity for Euros: 61,000
Information: Currently, the only one of the 11 sites working towards 100% capacity, although strict entry criteria are in place. Hungary will face defending champions Portugal and world champions France at home before heading to Munich to face Germany in the “Group of Death”.
Matches: Group stage, Hungary-Portugal (June 15, 5 p.m.), Hungary-France (June 19, 2 p.m.), Portugal-France (June 23, 8 p.m.), last 16, match 3 (June 27, 5 p.m.).
Stadium name: Parken Stadium
Capacity for Euros: 15,900
Information: The Danes initially set a minimum of 11,500 but were able to increase capacity slightly.
Matches: Group stage Denmark-Finland (June 12 5 p.m.), Denmark-Belgium (June 17 5 p.m.), Denmark-Russia (June 21 8 p.m.), last 16 matches (June 28 5 p.m.).
Stadium name: Hampden Park
Capacity for Euros: 12,000
Information: There was some uncertainty over whether Glasgow would make the final cup, but local organizers finally provided guarantees to UEFA in April. Scotland will play their first and last group matches at this venue, which has hosted the European Cup final three times – in 1960, 1976 and 2002.
Matches: Group stage, Scotland v Czech Republic (June 14, 2 p.m.), Croatia v Czech Republic (June 18, 5 p.m.), Scotland v Croatia (June 22, 8 p.m.), last 16, game 8 (June 29, 8 p.m.).
Stadium name: Wembley stadium
Capacity for Euros: 22,500
Information: The London venue will now host eight matches after inheriting Dublin’s last-16 game. Crowds for the group stage and the final 16 will be capped at 22,500, but the Football Association hopes to increase that number significantly for the semi-finals and the final, possibly up to 45,000.
Matches: Group stage, England v Croatia (June 13, 2 p.m.), England v Scotland (June 18, 8 p.m.), England v Czech Republic (June 22, 8 p.m.), last 16, match 2 (June 26, 8 p.m.), last 16, match 7 (June 29, 5 p.m.), semi-finals (July 6 and 7 8 p.m.) final (July 11 8 p.m.).
Stadium name: Allianz Arena
Capacity for Euros: 14,500
Information: The Bavarian city was only confirmed as host on April 23 and will host all of Germany’s group matches. It is also one of the venues selected for Euro 2024, which will take place entirely in Germany.
Matches: Group stage, Germany-France (June 15, 8 p.m.), Germany-Portugal (June 19, 5 p.m.), Germany-Hungary (June 23, 8 p.m.), quarter-final, winner of last 16 games 4 against last 16 games 2 ( July 2, 8 p.m.).
Stadium name: Olympic Stadium
Capacity for Euros: 18,000
Information: One of the four cities that failed to provide capacity guarantees as early as possible. All eyes will be on Rome when they host the opener of the final on 11 June.
Matches: Group stage, Italy-Turkey (11 June 8 p.m.), Italy-Switzerland (16 June 8 p.m.), Italy-Wales (20 June 5 p.m.), quarter-final, winner of last 16 games 8 v winner of last 16 games 7 (July 3, 8 p.m.).
Stadium name: La Cartuja Stadium
Capacity for Euros: 18,000
Information: Seville is the most recently added city to the Euro 2020 roster, replacing Bilbao on April 23. The site in Andalusia will now host all of Spain’s group matches.
Matches: Group stage, Spain-Sweden (June 14, 8 p.m.), Spain-Poland (June 19, 8 p.m.), Spain-Slovakia (June 23, 5 p.m.), last 16, match 4 (June 27, 8 p.m.).
Stadium name: Krestovski Stadium
Capacity for Euros: 30,500
Information: The Russian city was the biggest beneficiary of Dublin’s abandonment, winning all three group matches in the Irish capital. Hosted the 2018 World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium.
Matches: Group stage, Russia-Belgium (June 12, 8 p.m.), Poland-Slovakia (June 14, 5 p.m.), Russia-Finland (June 16, 2 p.m.), Sweden-Slovakia (June 18, 2 p.m.), Finland-Belgium (June 21, , 8 p.m.), Sweden v Poland (June 23, 5 p.m.), quarter-final, winner of last 16 match 6 against winner of last 16 match 5 (July 2, 5 p.m.).
Additional reports by PA.