— Published 12 April 2021

Four cities under threat

Where will the football Euro 2020 be played? Two months before the event (June 11 to July 11), the question still remains unanswered. UEFA has granted additional time to four host cities of the competition (Munich, Rome, Bilbao and Dublin) to provide guarantees that spectators will be allowed into the stadium. They now have until April 19th to present a strategic plan to the continental body. The most serious threat appears to hang over Dublin, where UEFA fears that the long lockdown imposed by the Irish authorities will prevent a response within the next ten days. Threat also on Bilbao, where the authorities of the Basque Country would be ready to accept from the public, but on the condition that the vaccination campaign made it possible to secure 60% of the population at the time of the start of the Euro, a scenario today not very credible. In Italy and Germany, on the other hand, guarantees of public reception should be able to be provided on time. The cities of Baku in Azerbaijan, and St. Petersburg in Russia, have assured UEFA that the stadiums could be filled to at least 50% of their capacity. At Wembley, at least a quarter of the stadium’s 90 000 seats will be filled in the group stage and the round of 16. The aim is to increase the capacity to a minimum of 45 000 places for the semi-finals and the final on July 11th. Finally, the capacity announced will be between 25 and 33% in Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen and Glasgow.