Updated: Aug 29
UEFA Euro 2020 is being held across the European continent for the first time in the history of the competition. The host cities span across 12 cities in 12 countries across Europe to bring Euro 2020 to multiple countries, to see football act as a bridge between nations and bring the competition closer to the fans.
The host cities chosen to host the Euro 2020 games include London (England), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland), Rome (Italy), Bilbao (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), Munich (Germany), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Let’s take a look at a few of the top cities that will host UEFA Euro 2020:
London is England’s capital and largest city with a population of 8 million people and is the biggest city in western Europe. The city has many attractive sites with a combination of old and modern architecture. The most visited tourist attractions include Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben, but there are plenty of other sites including 4 world heritage sites situated within this global city. London is the ideal choice for the UEFA Euro 2020 as the city’s largest football stadium, Wembley Stadium, is known as “the home of football” after football originated in England. London will host the final, semi finals, one game from the round of 16 and three group games at UEFA Euro 2020.
Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg with a population of 6 million people the city is the 11th largest city in the European Union. The city has previous history with successfully hosting sporting events such as the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Munich is home to many museums, theatres, architectural attractions and sporting events. It’s annual Oktoberfest is one of the most popular events in Europe. Munich is a city prospering and growing fast and is ranked as one of the top destinations for migration and expats. UEFA Euro 2020 games will be held at the Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena with a capacity of 75,000. Munich will host three group games and one quarter final game at UEFA Euro 2020.
Rome is well-known for its breathtaking landmarks and history which include the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain among many others. The city is the capital city of Italy with a population of 4 million residents. Rome has successfully hosted many sporting events over the years, including the 1960 Summer Olympics, 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1990 FIFA World Cup. UEFA Euro 2020 games will be held at the city’s iconic Stadio Olimpico the home of S.S Lazio and A.S Roma one of the largest stadiums in Europe. Rome will host three group games and one quarter final game at UEFA Euro 2020.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
A visit to Saint Petersburg makes it possible to explore Russia’s second largest city, which has given inspiration to many artist, writers and poets over the years. It is the location of some of the country’s finest historical treasures, which include famous cathedrals. Saint Petersburg is a very cosmopolitan city that is lined with baroque buildings, rivers and canals that thread throughout the region. UEFA Euro 2020 games will be held at the Krestovsky Stadium, the home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg where the 2017 FIFA Confederations and 2018 FIFA World Cup were recently held. Saint Petersburg will host one quarter final game and three group games at UEFA Euro 2020.
UEFA Euro 2020 will offer fans the opportunity to interact and explore many attractions across Europe, experience different cultures and for the countries that have qualified the opportunity to support their nation in the competition on home soil. The 12 host cities each offer their own unique appeal to any football fan attending, to make the all-round European Championship experience that much more enjoyable this time around.
By Mark Ollerton - Freelance Writer