View of Euro 2020 venue Wembley Stadium from the stands Wembley Stadium will host both semifinal games and the final. (Image: Tubes44, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship was originally scheduled for last summer, but Covid-19 delayed it until this June-July. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the event, Euro 2020 will not just be held in one country, but is spread out over 11 cities in 11 countries. We take a look at each stadium ahead of the tournament.

We also wrote a post about the history of the Euros and how to watch all the games.

Before we look at the venues, here are some notes on stadiums not hosting a game:

  • A brand new Eurostadium in Brussels was set to begin construction in 2015 and to host games during Euro 2020, but following development delays, the city lost its hosting rights in 2017 and the stadium build was cancelled.
  • The Aviva Stadium in Dublin was stripped of Euro 2020 hosting rights because Ireland could not guarantee the UEFA goal of a stadium capacity of at least 25%. The original four games scheduled for the venue were split between London and St. Petersburg.
  • Like Dublin, Bilbao also could not guarantee having enough fans at the San Mames Stadium. Spain was still able to keep a site, as all those games were moved to Seville.

Here are the Euro 2020 venues:

Wembley Stadium

Location: London, England

Home Club: No Premier League club calls Wembley Stadium home. It’s the official national stadium of England, and hosts many of the top games each year – from all the various English Cup finals to national games for England.

Capacity: 90,000

Opened: 2007

Stadium Tidbit: Wembley is the second largest stadium in Europe (Camp Nou in Barcelona holds 99,354), and it contains more toilets than any other venue in the world (2,618). Wembley will host eight games during UEFA Euro 2020, including the final (on July 11) and both semifinals (July 6 & 7).

wembley stadium filled with fans

Wembley Stadium will host the Euro 2020 Final.

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Wembley Stadium:

Sunday June 13

Group D: England vs Croatia 

Friday June 18

Group D: England vs. Scotland 

Tuesday June 22

Group D: Czech Republic vs. England 

Saturday June 26

R16: 1A vs. 2C

Tuesday June 29

R16: 1D vs. 2F

Tuesday July 6

Semi-finals 1: Winner QF2 vs. Winner QF1

Wednesday July 7

Semi-finals 2: Winner QF4 vs. Winner QF3

Sunday July 11

Euro 2020 Final

Here is a look at walking into Wembley before an FA Cup semifinal:

 

Johan Cruyff Arena

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Home Club: Ajax

Capacity: 55,500

Opened: 1996

Stadium Tidbit: The largest stadium in the country, it was built for €140 million ($170 million). The stadium was originally named Amsterdam Arena, but was renamed for the Ajax legend during the 2018-19 season. The stadium will host all three of the Netherlands group stage games, along with a Round of 16 game.

View of Euro 2020 venue Johan Cruyff Arena from the stands

Johan Cruyff Arena (Image: Tsonga4, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Johan Cruyff Arena:

Sunday June 13

Group C: Netherlands vs. Ukraine

Thursday June 17

Group C: Netherlands vs. Austria 

Monday June 21

Group C: North Macedonia vs. Netherlands 

Saturday June 26

R16: 2A vs. 2B

 

Baku Olympic Stadium

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Home Club: While no domestic team calls the stadium home, the Azerbaijan national team is the main tenant.

Capacity: 69,870

Opened: 2015

Stadium Tidbit: The stadium hosted the 2019 Europa League final, which saw Chelsea defeat Arsenal 4-1. Switzerland, Turkey and Wales will all play a pair of group stage games at the stadium, before a quarterfinal game wraps up action.

View of Euro 2020 venue Baku Olympic Stadium from the stands

Baku Olympic Stadium (Image: Eminn, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Games Scheduled at Baku Olympic Stadium:

Saturday June 12

Group A: Wales vs. Switzerland 

Wednesday June 16

Group A: Turkey vs. Wales 

Sunday June 20

Group A: Switzerland vs. Turkey 

Saturday July 3

Quarterfinal: Winner 3 vs. Winner 1

 

National Arena

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Home Club: The stadium is home to Liga I teams FCSB and Dinamo Bucuresti as well as the Romania national team.

Capacity: 55,634

Opened: 2011

Stadium Tidbit: The retractable roof alone cost €20 million ($24 million). The stadium hosted the 2012 Europa League all-Spanish final when Atletico Madrid downed Athletic Bilbao 3-0. Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine will all play a pair of group stage games before a Round of 16 game concludes action at the stadium.

View of Euro 2020 venue National Arena from the stands

National Arena (Image: Nowy Styl Group, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Games Scheduled at National Arena:

Sunday June 13

Group C: Austria vs. North Macedonia 

Thursday June 17

Group C: Ukraine vs. North Macedonia 

Monday June 21

Group C: Ukraine vs. Austria 

Monday June 28

R16: 1F vs. 3A/B/C

 

Puskas Arena

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Home Club: No domestic club plays in the stadium, but UEFA has quickly made the stadium a main stop with Champions League (six total) and Europa League (two) games this past campaign. The stadium will also host the 2023 Europa League Final.

Capacity: 67,215

Opened: 2019

Stadium Tidbit: The stadium is named for the legendary Ferenc Puskas who is widely regarded as Hungary’s top player of all-time (84 goals in 85 international matches). It is the newest among the Euro 2020 venues, built for a jaw-dropping €533 million ($649 million). The stadium will host half of the ‘Group of Death’ matches, with France, Hungary and Portugal each playing a pair of games here before a Round of 16 game concludes the action.

View of Euro 2020 venue Puskas Arena from inside the stadium

Puskas Arena (Image: Stránczl Ákos, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Puskas Arena:

Tuesday June 15

Group F: Hungary vs. Portugal 

Saturday June 19

Group F: Hungary vs. France 

Wednesday June 23

Group F: Portugal vs. France 

Sunday June 27

R16: 1C vs. 3D/E/F

 

Parken Stadium

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Home Club: FC Copenhagen play all of their home games at the stadium, and it is also the home to the Denmark national team.

Capacity: 38,065

Opened: 1992

Stadium Tidbit: The stadium has a three Michelin star restaurant (Geranium) located on the eighth floor, and also has a retractable roof. The smallest of the Euro 2020 venues, the stadium will host all three of Denmark’s group stage games followed by a Round of 16 game.

View of Euro 2020 venue Parken Stadium from the stands

Parken Stadium (Image: Валерий Дед, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Parken Stadium:

Saturday June 12

Group B: Denmark vs. Finland 

Thursday June 17

Group B: Denmark vs. Belgium 

Monday June 21

Group B: Russia vs. Denmark 

Monday June 28

R16: 2D vs. 2E

 

Hampden Park

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Home Club: Queen’s Park FC have played in the stadium for over a century, and it is also the home of Scotland’s national team.

Capacity: 51,866

Opened: 1903 (most recent renovation was 1999)

Stadium Tidbit: When it opened in 1903, it was the largest stadium in the world with a capacity of over 100,000. It topped out at 149,415 for a Scotland vs. England game in 1937, which is still a European record for an international match. Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland all play two games at the stadium, followed by a Round of 16 game.

View of Euro 2020 venue Hampden Park from the stands

Hampden Park (Image: Jmorrison230582, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Games Scheduled at Hampden Park:

Monday June 14

Group D: Scotland vs. Czech Republic 

Friday June 18

Group D: Croatia vs. Czech Republic 

Tuesday June 22

Group D: Croatia vs. Scotland 

Tuesday June 29

R16: 1E vs. 3A/B/C/D

 

Allianz Arena

Location: Munich, Germany

Home Club: Bayern Munich, who just won their record-extending ninth consecutive league trophy in the Bundesliga.

Capacity: 70,000

Opened: 2005

Stadium Tidbit: It is the first stadium in the world with a full color changing exterior. When the stadium was built, 1860 Munich had a 50% stake in the stadium, but Bayern Munich purchased their shares for €11 million ($13 million) in 2006. Germany will play each of its ‘Group of Death’ games in the stadium, which will also host a quarterfinal game.

View of Euro 2020 venue Allianz Arena from the stands

Allianz Arena (Image: Ank Kumar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Games Scheduled at Allianz Arena:

Tuesday June 15

Group F: France vs. Germany 

Saturday June 19

Group F: Portugal vs. Germany 

Wednesday June 23

Group F: Germany vs. Hungary 

Friday July 2

Quarterfinal: Match 4 vs. Match 2

 

Stadio Olimpico

Location: Rome, Italy

Home Club: Both Lazio and Roma call the stadium home, and the Coppa Italia final is held there every year.

Capacity: 70,034

Opened: 1932 (rebuilt for the 1990 World Cup)

Stadium Tidbit: The stadium hosted the 1990 World Cup Final (West Germany defeated Argentina). Italian pop star Claudio Baglioni held a concert there in 1998 with over 100,000 spectators. The first game of Euro 2020 will be Italy vs. Turkey, and Italy will play all of its group stage games in Rome before the stadium hosts a quarterfinal.

View of Euro 2020 venue Stadio Olimpico from the stands

Stadio Olimpico (Image: Alexdevil, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Stadio Olimpico:

Friday June 11

Group A: Turkey vs. Italy 

Wednesday June 16

Group A: Italy vs. Switzerland 

Sunday June 20

Group A: Italy vs.Wales 

Saturday July 3

Quarterfinal: Winner 8 vs. Winner 7

The passion of the Italian fans during a Lazio game at Stadio Olimpico:

Krestovsky Stadium

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Home Club: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

Capacity: 67,800

Opened: 2017

Stadium Tidbit: The stadium was built as a 2018 World Cup venue and hosted seven games overall including Belgium defeating England (2-0) in the third place match. The stadium will host seven contests overall including six group stage matchups during Euro 2020.

View of Euro 2020 venue Krestovsky Stadium from the stands

Krestovsky Stadium (Image: Вячеслав Евдокимов, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Krestovsky Stadium:

Saturday June 12

Group B: Belgium vs. Russia 

Monday June 14

Group E: Poland vs. Slovakia 

Wednesday June 16

Group B: Finland vs. Russia 

Friday June 18

Group E: Sweden vs. Slovakia 

Monday June 21

Group B: Finland vs. Belgium 

Wednesday June 23

Group E: Sweden vs. Poland 

Friday July 2

Quarterfinal: Winner 6 vs Winner 5

 

Estadio La Cartuja

Location: Seville, Spain

Home Club: Sevilla

Capacity: 60,000

Opened: 1999

Stadium Tidbit: Spain’s sixth-largest stadium, it was picked as a last-minute replacement for the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao (home to Athletic Bilbao). In 2004 and 2011, the stadium hosted the Davis Cup final in tennis, and a temporary roof was installed both times to cover the clay court. Spain will play its first three games in the stadium, before a Round of 16 contest closes out the action.

View of Euro 2020 venue Estadio La Cartuja from the stands

Estadio La Cartuja (Image: Валерий Дед, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Euro 2020 Fixtures Scheduled at Estadio La Cartuja:

Monday June 14

Group E: Spain vs. Sweden

Saturday June 19

Group E: Spain vs. Poland 

Wednesday June 23

Group E: Slovakia vs. Spain 

Sunday June 27

R16: 1B vs. 3A/D/E/F

 

This video is a great overview of all the participating stadiums in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship:

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