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December 16, 2019
Veroniek Maat
Veroniek Maat
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European Soccer Championship 2020

UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition’s 60-year history, with 12 host cities in total. Every qualified host would be guaranteed two home games in the group phase, but there would be no such guarantee for the knockout stage. Host nations that qualify will be automatically placed in groups. If both paired nations qualify, a draw will be held to determine which is at home in their direct encounter.

Find out more about the qualified hosts below.

Wembley Stadium, London

Wembley is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. It is a world class venue that attracts some of the biggest events in sport, music and entertainment and more than 2 million visitors per year. The stadium is owned by The Football Association and operated by Wembley National Stadium Limited.

Located in Wembley in north-west London, the stadium is a public transport destination linked to major international and regional transport routes. It is conveniently accessible through London’s public rail and underground network, and is served by three stations and five train lines.

Wembley Stadium has been built to the highest standards, offering every visitor an unrivalled event-day experience. It provides accessible toilets throughout all levels of the stadium. Should you require access to an accessible toilet, request the assistance from a steward or guest services team member who will be able to provide access. Stewards are located across the concourse of the venue, the guest services team will be positioned within the nearest information point.

Find out more about Wembley Stadium (link)

http://www.wembleystadium.com/plan-your-visit/disabled-services-and-accessibility/disabled-access

Allianz Arena, Munich

The Allianz Arena is located on the outskirts of the city. The arena, opened in 2005, was designed purely as a football stadium. The architecturally unique arena was constructed in under three years. Read on for comprehensive facts and figures about the state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of Europe.

The Allianz Arena offers 28 kiosks and 2 restaurants where one can purchase the typical Bavarian regional delicacy of Bratwurst sausages. Additionally, the stadium offers an official memorabilia store where products from both teams can be obtained as well as a LEGO club for children.

The Allianz Arena is the most disability-friendly stadium in Germany. We are proud to offer wheelchair users and mobility impaired persons the opportunity to explore the Allianz Arena on non-matchdays as well as matchdays. 227 special seats for the disabled at main entrance/exterior ground level.

Find out more about Allianz Arena (link)

https://allianz-arena.com/en

Stadio Olimpico, Rome

The Stadio Olimpico is the main and largest sports facility of Rome, Italy. It is located within the Foro Italico sports complex, north of the city. The stadium is primarily used for association football. It is the home stadium of Lazio and Roma. It was rebuilt for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and hosted the tournament final.

Rated an UEFA category four stadium, it has hosted four European Cup finals, the most recent being the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. Outside football, the stadium is used by the Italian national rugby union team and it is Italy’s national athletics stadium. Occasionally, it hosts concerts and events.

Find out more about Stadio Olimpico (link)

https://www.stadiumguide.com/olimpico/

Olympic Stadium, Baku

Baku Olympic Stadium is designed and constructed to meet the international standards for stadiums set by the UEFA, FIFA and IAAF. The stadium is the largest in Azerbaijan. The main tenant of the stadium is Azerbaijan’s national football team, who moved from their previous home. In Juni 2015 the stadium served as the main venue for the European Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, and the athletic games.

Baku Olympic Stadium is located towards the north-east of Baku on the road that runs from the city centre to the international airport. It lies on the shore of Lake Boyukshor at roughly 11 kilometres from the old walled city and Fountains Square.

There is level access from the stadium perimeter to the stadium entrances. The wheelchair viewing areas with companion seating are situated on levels 1,2 and 5. All accessible toilets are located close to the wheelchair user spaces and clearly signposted. Food and drink concessions with low-level serving counters are located close to the wheelchair user spaces within the stadium.

Find out more about Olympic Stadium (link)

https://baku-olympic-stadium.business.site/#posts

Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is the home of the football club Ajax. The stadium is also used by the Dutch National Team for international matches. On a regular basis, the events calendar includes concerts and dance festivals.The stadium was opened in 1996 and is the largest stadium in Holland with over 54,000 seats. To honor Johan Cruijff, the world-famous soccer player from Amsterdam, the stadium was officially renamed the Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018.

Elevators and escalators make the stadium very accessible for people with limited mobility. Depending on the type of event you will usually be seated between the first and second tear behind one of the two goals, or on a special platform on the field. There are special seats with a radio link on the platform behind the goal on the North side. If you are visually impaired you will be able to listen to a live radio commentary of the football match, provided by special guest reporters. Toilets are easily accessible from each section. The disabled toilets are located at the main entrance E and near the locations for people with limited mobility.

Find out more about Johan Cruijff ArenA (link)

https://www.johancruijffarena.nl/home-1.htm

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

With over 146 years of Irish Sporting History the Aviva Stadium is unlike any other sporting ground in Ireland. Home to both the Irish rugby and soccer national teams where it is shared equally. What started as a field of dreams for schoolboys is now a world class stadium venue for Irelands most popular international sports teams.

Aviva Stadium has been designed to ensure that all visitors enjoy an unrivaled event day experience. The guiding principle for the stadium is that visitors with disabilities are accommodated at all levels and areas throughout the stadium and have the necessary facilities available to meet their needs.

The entrances are fully serviced by lifts / elevators and are available for people that use wheelchairs or mobility aids but are also available to those with reduced mobility. Please contact a stadium steward when you arrive for further assistance. There are 51 accessible toilets in the stadium these being located adjacent to all viewing positions.

Find out more about Aviva Stadium (link)

https://www.avivastadium.ie/

Telia Parken, Copenhagen

Telia Parken is the largest football stadium in Denmark, the home of FC Copenhagen, and the standard playing venue of the Danish national team. Parken was built on the site of Denmark’s previous national stadium, Idrætspark, which had stood there since 1911. Demolition of the old stadium started in 1990, with the new stadium finished in 1992. The stadium got renamed Telia Parken in 2014 following a sponsorship deal with communications company Telia.

For wheelchair users there is an elevator available that leads you to the relevant platform. A companion can be brought for free, provided that they can show their companion card.

Find out more about Telia Parken (link)

https://www.stadiumguide.com/parken/

Arena Nationala, Bucharest

The Arena Naţională got built on the site of Romania’s previous national stadium, Stadionul Naţional Lia Manoliu, which closed its doors in 2007. Construction of the new stadium began in 2008, and, with several delays, was completed in 2011. During the building works it was decided to equip the stadium with a retractable roof.

The Arena Naţională is located in the east of Bucharest at slightly more than 4 kilometres from the city centre. Bucharest’s main railway station (Gara de Nord), which lies north-west of the centre, is about 7 kilometers away from the stadium.

The stadium has 270 seats for people with a disability, including stewards. The platform for these people is on ground level and contains elevators, ramps and wheelchair accessible toilets.

Find out more about Arena Nationala (link)

https://www.stadiumguide.com/arenanationala/

Puskás Aréna, Budapest

Puskás Aréna is a football stadium in the 14th district (Zugló) of Budapest, Hungary. It took two more years for works to finally start, but by early 2017 the entire old stadium had been demolished. The new stadium is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, a little later than initially planned and further delays could jeopardise Budapest’s status as a Euro 2020 host city.

The stadium is built in the place of the former Ferenc Puskás stadium whose demolition was completed in October 2016. Both stadiums were named in honour of the former national team star and legendary football player Ferenc Puskás. On November 15th the arena was opened by the match Hungary – Uruguay.

Besides soccer matches, the new stadium will be suitable for hosting a variety of events, such as concerts and conferences, and could accommodate a total of 78,000 people.

Find out more about Puskás Aréna (link)

https://www.stadiumguide.com/new-puskas-ferenc-stadion/

Hampden Park, Glasgow

Hampden is also the oldest International football stadium in the world. Spectacular matches and moments have kept coming in the 21st century, not just from footballers, but from music stars, boxers, the Scottish Claymores and the fantastic athletes competing at the track events hosted at Hampden during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Scotland may not have reached a major campaign during this new century but, despite this, Hampden has still seen such joy, passion and roar from the Scotland faithful.

Two ramps make their way from the ground level access to the main reception and are situated either side of the main entrance. An elevator is situated to the left (west) of the main entrance with a call button linked to reception. A member of staff will attend to assist. Viewing areas for wheelchair users are available trackside as well as on the concourses in all stands. Facilities on the upper levels are reached via lifts and a step-free level access.

Accessible toilets are situated throughout and the stadium is also equipped with a Changing Places toilet.

Find out more about Hampden Park (link)

https://www.hampdenpark.co.uk/

San Mamés, Bilbao

San Mamés is an all-seater football stadium in Bilbao, Spain. Inaugurated on the 16th of September 2013, the stadium replaced the ‘’old’’ San Mamés as the home of Athletic Bilbao. With a capacity of 53,289 seats, San Mamés is the 8th largest stadium in Spain and the largest in the Basque Country.

In the design of the stadium, the configuration of the stands has been meticulously
analysed. The result is a sensation of pressure on the visiting team, intimidating them while, at the same time, spurring on the local players. The visual effect, the proximity of the fan to the pitch, along with the acoustic effect of the thundering roar of the spectators, creates an atmosphere for exceptional football.

The stadium is served by accessible public transport including Buses, Trams and Taxis, which all stop about 3 minutes away from the ground. The stadium contains numerous large accessible toilets just along from the Wheelchair Spaces.

Find out more about San Mamés (link)

http://www.bilbaostadium.com/#mejor-estadio-mundo

Tickets for the European Championship 2020

The next opportunity to apply for tickets will be in December 2019 (after the final draw) when tickets will be made available to fans through the participating national associations (PNAs). However, to be eligible to apply for tickets during this phase, fans must meet the specific criteria defined by the national associations.

Find out more about the European Championship 2020 in the link below.

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/about/

Keep an eye on the website below to see if you can buy tickets.

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/ticketing/#/

Or buy your tickets at the below marketplace for tickets to live events. Note that the prices are higher since it is a reseller. Buying tickets at Viagogo is at your own risk.

https://www.viagogo.nl/Sportwedstrijden/Voetbal

Photo source: a4gpa

About the author

Veroniek Maat

Veroniek Maat


Veroniek is the founder of Accessible Travel Netherlands and works on marketing, sales and group bookings.
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