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

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

Its stadium, the RheinEnergieSTADION was previously known as the Müngersdorfer Stadium and was built on the site of the two previous editions of the ground and is of course home to Bundesliga outfit FC Köln.

This article will take a deep dive into the facility and ensure you know everything there is to know about Cologne ahead of the tournament.

Cologne Euro 2024: What to expect

Cologne Euro 2024
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Key Cologne Euro 2024 stadium facts

  • Location: Cologne, Germany
  • Year Opened: 1923 (demolished in 2001 and reopened in 2003)
  • Capacity: 50,000 for domestic matches (41,825 seating section & 8,175 standing section) 43,000 for Euro 2024

Completely rebuilt in 2003 ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, this is a modern stadium with superb facilities including no less than 48 VIP lounges and a club museum built into the stands.

A brief history of the RheinEnergieSTADION

The construction of the stadium created 15,000 jobs in the post First World War era and put Cologne on the map, with large crowds and increased spending in the area due to football.

In fact, the stadium was selected to host occasional international matches, with the first on 20 November 1927, when the Germany  drew 2–2 with the Netherlands in front of a 75,000 strong crowd.

Since the rebuild in 2003, this ground has hosted top music concerts featuring artists such as Rihanna, Beyonce and Metallica and was also the venue for the UEFA Cup Final in the Covid-hit season of 2020.

How many games will Cologne host at Euro 2024?

The stadium will host a total of five matches at the tournament, four of which are group stage games. The fixtures are as follows:

All times are local

Group Stage

  • Hungary vs Switzerland – June 15 – 3pm
  • Scotland vs Switzerland – June 19 – 9pm
  • Belgium vs Romania – June 22 – 9pm
  • England v Slovenia – June 25 – 9pm

Round of 16

  • TBC vs TBC – June 30 – 9pm

Rules at RheinEnergieSTADION for Cologne 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 Cologne Euro 2024

UEFA have made sustainability a priority 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. Public parking at Cologne Stadium is now available to pre-book for €24 per match on a first come, first served basis on the UEFA website.

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 VRS (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg) and VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) networks. The pass is activated from 6am on matchday until 6pm the following day.

Public transport in England is notoriously unreliable, 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 Cologne are as follows:

  • Airport to stadium  – 45 minutes by public transport
  • Airport to central station – 25 minutes by public transport
  • Central station to Fan Zone – 15 minute walk or seven minutes by public transport
  • Central station to stadium – 30 minutes by public transport

Disabled facilities at RheinEnergieSTADION

The RheinEnergieSTADION 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 Cologne 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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