EURO 2020: All You Need to Know About Football Fiesta
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 European Football Championship, which was moved to the summer of this year, will take place in 11 cities and last for a whole month. The championship will be opened by a match in Rome and the finals will be held in London, the so-called birthplace of European football.
Start Date and Stadiums
EURO 2020, the 16th European Football Championship that will take place from 11 June to 11 July of 2021. From Friday, June 11, 24 teams will play 51 matches. The matches will be hosted by 10 countries (Italy, Denmark, Russia, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, and Germany).
The championship matches will be played in 11 cities – Amsterdam, Baku, Budapest, Bucharest, Glasgow, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Rome, St. Petersburg, and Seville. These cities were supposed to include Dublin, but due to the extremely poor coronavirus situation in Ireland, the group’s competition was moved from AVIVA Stadium to St. Petersburg. Similarly, the city of Bilbao was changed into the stadium of Seville.
For the first time, the European Football Championship will be hosted by twelve cities. It was supposed to be held last year, but due to the pandemic it was postponed to 2021, although the name of the tournament was not changed, and it is Euro 2020.
Championship with Spectators
Fans will be able to watch the matches of the European Football Championship of this summer. UEFA has announced that fans will be admitted to stadiums in at least eight cities that are hosting Euro 2020 matches. Fans were told to be able to watch the matches live in Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, and St. Petersburg.
The remaining cities – Sevilla, Munich, and Rome – have not decided yet but it depend on the pandemic situation that is going better. True, not all stadiums will be filled equally. In London, only 25% of the stadium can be filled due to the restrictions. However, it is expected that a bigger number of football fans will be able to enter Wembley Stadium in the semifinals and finals. In Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen and Glasgow, fans will be able to fill between 25% and 33% of the stadium seats. St. Petersburg and Baku are expected to fill half of the stadiums, while Budapest hopes that the European Championship match will be watched by fans who fill the stadium fully. True, it is emphasized that this would be done by introducing strict requirements for spectators entering the stadium.
According to UEFA, these are not final decisions yet and it is expected that the potential flow of fans in the stadiums may increase even more before the start of the European Championship because by the starting date there are expected to have higher percentage of the vaccinated people. It is emphasized that the decisions about spectators in the stadiums were made by the countries themselves, but UEFA also had consultations with the World Health Organization (WHO) on this issue.