Meeting this Friday, the UEFA executive committee has made changes concerning the organization of the next Euro, from June 11 to July 11. As expected, Sevilla recover the matches of Bilbao. The cities of Saint Petersburg and London are recovering the matches scheduled in Dublin.
UEFA is making changes regarding host cities for Euro 2020, which runs from 11 June to 11 July 2021. In recent days, the cities of Bilbao and Dublin have withdrawn from the organization due to their reluctance to be able to accommodate a quarter of the public in their enclosure, as desired by the governing body.
UEFA formalized this Friday that Sevilla replaces Bilbao, while the matches scheduled in Dublin are relocated to London and St. Petersburg. “There is a little work ahead of us. We are starting to work again on logistics, accommodation and travel,” Zbigniew Boniek, UEFA vice-president, said on his Twitter account.
Munich city confirmed
The Seville Olympic Stadium, with a capacity of over 57,000 seats, has been chosen and will host the four matches initially scheduled for Bilbao, that is to say three Group E matches and a round of 16. Up to 30% of spectators will be able to attend these matches in Seville.
The St. Petersburg stadium, which can accommodate 68,000 spectators in normal times, also inherits three matches of group E. The Russian city was already to host the posters of group B and a quarter-final. London and Wembley Stadium recover the poster for the round of 16 initially scheduled for Dublin.
There will therefore be only 11 host cities for this Euro organized by several countries, against 12 cities initially planned. The members of the Bilbao candidacy have asked in recent days for the reimbursement of the costs incurred (1.2 million euros according to the press release) and the damage caused by this decision. In the hot seat, the city of Munich was well confirmed with a minimum of 14,500 spectators.