Euro 2024 final at Berlin Olympiastadion



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Euro 2024 opening game in Munich-final in Berlin Image: Reiher & Seidel, Olympiastadion Berlin, Hamburger SV, & D.Sports

The 2024 European Championship final will be held at Berlin’s (Germany) Olympiastadion and the opening match will be held at Bundesliga giant FC Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena in Munich.

The ‘News18’ stated that the Union of European Football Association’s (UEFA’s) executive committee arrived at a decision on the above on May 10th.

The 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2024 or simply Euro 2024, will be the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. The soccer spectacle will take place across 10 Cities in Germany from June 14th to July 14th, 2024.

The 74,475-capacity Olympiastadion is a sports stadium at Olympiapark Berlin in Berlin, Germany. It was originally built by Werner March for the 1936 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics, the record attendance was thought to be over 100,000. Today, the stadium is part of the Olympiapark Berlin.

The Allianz Arena is a football stadium in Munich, Bavaria, Germany with a 70,000 seating capacity for international matches and 75,000 for domestic matches. Widely known for its exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels, it is the first stadium in the world with a full color changing exterior.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, as well as Asia’s Israel and the Euroasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. It is one of six continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended from FIFA and UEFA competitions all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams.

The ‘News18’ further stated that matches will be played in Germany in three clusters of venues with groups split between only two of them.

A Northern cluster features Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. In the West there is Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, and Cologne. The South will see games in Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.

It will be a 32-team tournament.

Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, with the final held in the refurbished Olympiastadion. The stadium was originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games hosted by Nazi Germany.

West Germany also hosted the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1988.
 

Hamburg fixtures

The ‘hsv.de’ stated that five games have fallen in Hamburg’s kitty. Four group matches and one quarter-final will be played at the Volksparkstadion.

The 57,000-capacity Volksparkstadion is a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany, and is the home of the 2. Bundesliga team Hamburger SV.

The ‘hsv.de’ further stated that the football season in Germany is on the home stretch, but the countdown to the 2024 European Football Championship in Germany has already started.

The UEFA Executive Committee met in Vienna (Austria) on May 10th and decided on the match schedule for the tournament.

Four group games and a quarter-final will be played in the Volksparkstadion.

Enthused HSV Board Member Thomas Wüstefeld, “We are very pleased that Hamburg will play an important role in the European Championship and that we will see top international players perform in an electrifying ambience in the Volksparkstadion.”

On December 2nd, 2023, it will be decided which nations meet in their group matches in Hamburg. Then the draw for the Euro final round groups will take place in Elbphilharmonie (concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg) under the title ‘Final Draw’.

Here’s the schedule.
 

Düsseldorf fixtures

The ‘D.Sports’ stated that just over two years from now, the European Football Championship Euro 2024 will start and with this a Summer dream will come true for Düsseldorf (Germany).

Düsseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena is the new inclusion.

The Merkur Spiel-Arena, previously known as the Esprit Arena, the LTU Arena and as the Düsseldorf Arena, is a multifunctional football stadium in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stadium holds 54,600 spectators and has a retractable roof. Its special heating system allows the stadium to host comfortable events at the height of winter.

Twenty-four teams then play out their European champions in a total of 51 games – with up to 2.5 million fans in the stadiums and several billion TV viewers.

The ‘D.Sports’ further stated that the specific game dates for Düsseldorf are now known. UEFA Euro 2024 matches will take place in the arena in Düsseldorf on the following five dates:

  • June 17th, 2024
  • June 21st, 2024
  • June 24th, 2024
  • July 1st, 2024
  • July 6th, 2024 (Quarterfinals)

 
Which teams and nations will then play in Düsseldorf will only be known after the group draw at the end of 2023. However, the planning for the 30-day football event in the State capital is already underway.

Emphasized Düsseldorf Mayor Dr. Stephen Keller, “We are proud that as the State capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, we can join the ranks of Host Cities for Euro 2024. Of all the Host Cities, we have a stadium with one of the lowest spectator capacities, so it’s a great honor and appreciation of our work that we’re hosting five games. For us, the trust of UEFA and the DFB (German Football Association) is both a reward and a motivation that in two years’ time we will be celebrating Euro fixtures for fans and our citizens with a varied and high-quality program in Düsseldorf.”

Added City Director Burkhard Hintzsche, “The anticipation of the international sporting event is huge. As a sports City with its unique infrastructure, Düsseldorf offers the best ambience for major events such as Euro. Already during the application process, we took an excellent third place in the ranking of German Cities. The above decision that we can play five games here in 2024 further consolidates our position.”

Noted Michael Brill, Managing Director of arena operator D.LIVE, “The 2024 European Football Championship to be held in Düsseldorf comes as a great piece of news. National and international football fans will come together in the arena. The fact that we are actually allowed to open our stadium gates five times during Euro 2024 is the reward of the hard work between the City and D.LIVE.”
 

Euro 2024 details

The State capital of Düsseldorf is one of the 10 venues for the tournament. The planning for the 30-day football event is already underway.

Of the 10 host stadiums, nine were already in use at the 2006 World Cup – the Merkur Spiel-Arena is a new addition.

Germany is automatically qualified as host. The remaining 23 finalists will be determined in the European Qualifiers, which run from March to November 2023, and in the playoffs in March 2024.

The format of the 2024 finals will be the same as UEFA Euro 2020. The top two of the six finals groups qualify for the round of 16, plus the four best third-placed teams.
 

How Düsseldorf landed the extravaganza?

On September 27th, 2018, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin announced the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee that the 2024 European Football Championship will be held in Germany and that up to five matches will be played in Düsseldorf.

The sports City had already qualified as ‘Host City’ in the national application process as the third best application which also had the huge support of the people A representative survey showed that 88 percent of the people in the Düsseldorf region were open to the idea of UEFA Euro 2024 being held in the State capital.

On September 15th, 2017, the German Football Association (DFB) announced that Düsseldorf with the Arena is one of the 10 venues with which Germany is entering the UEFA application process to host the 2024 European Championship.

Earlier, on May 18th, 2017, the Council of the State capital Düsseldorf decided that the State capital should apply to the DFB hardselling itself as a venue for the men’s European Football Championship in 2024 and, in the event of a successful application, provide the necessary funds for the necessary renovation work to be carried out in the arena and reflected in the budget up to 2024.

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