Wembley gains extra match as UEFA confirms Euro 2020 venue changes

UEFA has confirmed the final list of venues that will host all fixtures at this summer’s rescheduled Euro 2020 compeition.

A few weeks back, host nations were asked to submit plans for allowing fans into stadiums, meaning original venue allocations have been slightly tweaked to ensure crowds are able to attend.

As part of the changes, Wembley will host an extra round-of-16 match, due to Dublin being unable to confirm plans to allow fans.

The capital will also host the semi-finals and final, as originally planned.

All the changes confirmed by UEFA are as follows:

  • The four matches initially scheduled to take place in Bilbao, will be moved to the Estadio La Cartuja in Seville. The hosting of these matches is supported by the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, which has confirmed its intention of allowing spectators at 30% of the stadium capacity for the three Group E matches and a Round of 16 match.
    Following the decision of the local authorities, it was clear that fans were very unlikely to be able to attend the matches that were scheduled to be played there. Therefore, with the assistance of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), UEFA proposed to move those matches to another venue in that host country, simply to allow fans to attend the games after a year of not being able to watch live football in stadiums. This decision will allow a festive atmosphere at all matches taking place in UEFA’s flagship national team competition.
  • The three Group E matches initially scheduled for Dublin, will be reallocated to the Saint Petersburg Stadium, which is already hosting three Group B matches and a quarter-final.
  • The Round of 16 match initially scheduled in Dublin, will be moved to Wembley Stadium in London.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:

“We have been working diligently with the host associations and local authorities to ensure a safe and festive environment at the games and I am really pleased that we are able to welcome spectators at all matches for a celebration of national team football across the continent”.

The competition will get underway on June 11, when Turkey take on Italy in Rome.

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