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Euro2020: A look at the host contenders


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Euro2020: A look at the host contenders

As London and Munich battle it out for the finals package the other Euro2020 matches have been split into 12 standard packages, including three group matches and one knockout round match up to the quarter-finals.

Rome is hoping to land one of the 12 putting forward the Stadio Olimpico.

Amsterdam has also thrown its hat into the ring with the Amsterdam Arena the contender.

The largest stadium in the Netherlands seats well over 50 thousand and has already featured as one of the host venues for the Euro 2000 competition.

Ajax’s home ground also has a retractable roof – just in case.

Brussels have proposed a brand new stadium for the tournament.

The Eurostadium will seat some 62 thousand people and is set for completion in June 2018.

It has enjoyed positive reviews from Uefa’s qualitative evaluation team and is bidding for the standard package.

Dublin, which staged the Europa League final in 2011 has also received largely positive assessments by UEFA.

But with only one snag – the Aviva Stadium only partly meets the requirements in terms of accessibility due to a lack of parking spaces at the stadium or close by – oops!!

Gunning for one of the 12 standard packages is the Spanish city of Bilbao and it’s San Mames stadium.

The newly built stadium is the home ground of Athletic Bilbao and was officially opened in September of last year although it still requires some finishing touches.

It has a 53 thousand capacity.

Glasgow will also be looking to bag a standard package using Hampden Park as the venue.

Scotland’s national stadium has vast experience in hosting top-level competition and can boasts a capacity of some 51 thousand.

Uefa’s only concern for Hampden Park is the limited parking around the ground.

Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark and second largest in Scandinavia.

The Parken Stadium – built in 1992 – has been put forward as a possible venue.

The home ground of FC Copenhagen and the Denmark national football team can host around 38 thousand spectators

Bucharest, is the sixth largest city in the European Union and it is also bidding for a standard package for Euro2020, which will be celebrating it’s 60th jubilee.

Romania’s new-ish National Arena can hold just under 55 thousand fans.

It was completed in 2011 but only partly meets UEFA requirements in terms of parking and accessibility.

Bulgarian capital Sofia is located at the foot of Mount Vitosha in the western part of the country.

Come euro2020 the city will have a brand new national stadium that will seat some 33 and a half thousand spectators – at the moment it is a 16 thousand capacity stadium and will increase it’s volume if selected.

Its completion date is for February 2017 and so far only just meets UEFA requirements – a real outsider there.

St Petersburg in Russia is putting forward the brand-spanking new Zenit Arena.

The Stadium is currently under construction – to be completed in 2016 and will seat just over 61 thousand.

By the time Euro2020 comes around the stadium will have been tested at the highest level as it will host a few 2018 World Cup matches.

It has met all UEFA requirement and received positive reviews from the body’s evaluation team.

Another city to throw it’s name into the hat with a brand new stadium is Budapest – the capital and the largest city of Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union.

Nicknamed the Heart of Europe, Budapest is proposing the Puskas Ferenc Stadium which is in an early project stage and is due for delivery in April 2018.

It will offer a gross capacity of just over 68 thousand spectators.

The UEFA evaluation team so far appear happy with the stadium which has met all requirements in terms of capacity and accessibility.

Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales.

Cardiff is bidding for a standard package meaning three group games and one knockout round match – either in the last 16 or quarter-finals.

The Millennium Stadium has been proposed as the host venue and what a venue it is.

It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also staged games of the Wales national football team.

The all-seater stadium has the capacity for 74,500 supporters and also features a retractable roof.

Some 2200 kilometres north east of Cardiff lies our next venue hoping to land one of 12 standard packages.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and most populous city in Scandinavia with close to one million inhabitants.

The city is spread across 14 islands.

Just north of Stockholm in Solna you can find the Friends Arena – home to the national football team and domestic league club AIK.

It is also the proposed host stadium for one Euro2020 standard package.

It boasts a 50 thousand capacity and also has a retractable roof.

But according to a Uefa’s evaluation team it only partly meets the body’s requirements in terms of accessibility and parking.

The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, is bidding for one of the 12 standard packages.

The proposed venue is the Baku Olympic Stadium which is under construction and due for delivery in September 2015.

It will hold 68 thousand fans and has received positive assessments by Uefa.

Minsk in Belarus has also put it’s name forward to host the European championships.

The 33 thousand-seater Dinamo Arena is currently in the pre-project phase and is set to be completed in 2019.

Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia.

The City has proposed its National Arena Philip II of Macedonia,

It’s the home ground of the national football team and can host just under 33 thousand spectators.

Israel’s bid to stage matches in Jerusalem is likely to be rejected because of technical shortcomings.

It has put forward The Teddy Stadium which requires major renovations and due to the lack of information given UEFA could not properly evaluate the bid.

The 13 winning bids will be announced on Friday 19 September.

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