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Host city focus: Berlin Euro 2024 fixtures, stadium and more

Our host city focus shines the spotlight on Berlin Euro 2024.

Its stadium, the Olympiastadion, is one of the world's most historic football venues.

But, just in case you are not familiar with the ground, this article will take a deep dive into the facility and ensure you know everything there is to know about the Olympiastadion  ahead of the tournament.

Berlin Euro 2024: What to expect

Berlin Euro 2024
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Key Berlin Euro 2024 stadium facts

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Year Opened: 1936
  • Capacity: 74, 475 (71,000 for international and European matches)

This stadium is no stranger to hosting big events. It has been the venue for every German Cup Final since 1985, and hosted the World Cup Final in 2006 when Italy beat France on penalties. It was also the venue for the 2015 Champions League Final, when Barcelona beat Juventus by a 3-1 scoreline.

A brief history of the Olympiastadion

The Olympiastadion in Berlin was of course built to host the 1936 Summer Olympics, when it was thought that over 100,000 people packed into the venue.

Since then, the stadium has undergone multiple renovations and has settled at around 25,000 less seats than its original capacity.

For the World Cup 2006, the refreshed Olympiastadion was used as a symbol of unified Berlin, and also saw Usain Bolt beat the 100m and 200m records at the 2009 World Athletics championships.

As well as athletics, the Olympiastadion is home to Hertha Berlin and also hosts other large music and sporting events.

How many games will Berlin host at Euro 2024?

The stadium will host a total of six matches at the tournament across a variety of different stages including the final. Those fixtures are as follows (all times are local):

Group Stage

  • Spain v Croatia – June 15 – 6pm
  • Poland v Austria – June 21 – 6pm
  • Netherlands v Austria – June 25 – 6pm

Round of 16

  • TBC vs TBC – June 29 – 6pm

Quarter-final

  • TBC vs TBC – July 6 – 9pm

Final

  • TBC vs TBC – July 14 – 9pm

 

 Rules at Allianz Arena for Berlin Euro 2024

UEFA states that even if you are a regular visitor to the ground it could operate differently than usual. There are several stadium rules for the site outlined by the organisation ahead of the tournament, which are as follows:

  • No bags greater than the size of A4 will be permitted within the premises
  • Only power banks no larger than your phone will be allowed inside the ground
  • A valid form of ID upon entry is mandatory
  • No professional cameras or cane umbrellas (regular collapsable umbrellas will be permitted)
  • Smoking of any kind including the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is strictly not allowed

Matchday travel for Berlin Euro 2024

Sustainability is a massive goal of UEFA's at this tournament, and as such, all fans travelling in Germany on, or indeed before matchday, have been urged to opt for public transport over other methods such as driving. Please note there will be no parking available around the stadium on matchdays.

Thankfully, any supporters with a ticket for a match taking place at the Olympiastadion are granted a 36-hour travel pass at no additional cost for the entire VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) network. The pass is activated from 6am on matchday until 6pm the following day.

Public transport in England is notoriously unreliable and to be honest, pretty useless, but in Germany, it is the complete opposite. An influx of fans during Euro 2024 could potentially affect its reliability, but a rough guideline for some key journey travel times within Berlin are as follows:

  • Airport to stadium┬á – 60 minutes
  • Airport to central station – 35 minutes
  • Central station to Fan Zone – 20 minutes walk
  • Central station to stadium – 30 minutes

Disabled facilities at Allianz Arena

Despite its age, the Olympiastadion has plenty of accessibility features for those who require extra support to enjoy the games.

For those that require accessible parking spaces, permits are available to be requested during the ticket application process, although these are not guaranteed and are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Audio-descriptive commentary for those with vision impairments will also be provided at the ground, the exact details of which will be released closer to the tournament.

Finally, there is also a wheelchair loan service in place at the stadium and several accessibility-dedicated volunteers will be able to assist your needs on the day.

We hope everyone visiting the Olympiastadion has a memorable and pleasant experience during their time in Germany.


Chloe Digby

An experienced freelance football writer, editor and podcaster, Chloe has worked for Forbes, the Guardian, the BBC, Mundial Magazine, FourFourTwo Magazine the iPaper, OneFootball, Tortoise Media and many more. Chloe has been a regular at Stockport County since 1995 and also follows Fiorentina. She is an expert on fan culture, having traveled all over England and Italy watching football.

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