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Besides the World Cup, it doesn’t get much bigger than the European Championships. This is another event that only comes around once every 4 years, and of course, there are some rather impressive Euro 2024 grounds that will host the various matches being played. This is actually what we would like to investigate right here, and we will be revealing all of the impressive details surrounding the very stadiums that will host the games. As you may already know, the entire Euro 2024 Championships will be held in Germany, and there are a grand total of ten stadiums that will host the games.
Euro 2024 Stadiums Overview
Many of the Euro 2024 stadiums are actually the home of domestic teams that compete in the German Bundesliga, and each has its own unique qualities. With this in mind, let us jump right in with stadium number one.
Leipzig – Red Bull Arena
First up, we have the Red Bull Arena, which is currently home to RB Leipzig. These guys have been performing rather well in recent years, and this particular stadium has seen some phenomenal football being played. At the time of writing, the stadium has a capacity of almost 43,000 people, and it has been entertaining football fans since it was first opened in 2004. Like some of the other stadiums that we will be discussing here, the Red Bull Arena underwent a major renovation back in 2015. This renovation paved the way for the enticing oval style that we see today.
Although the schedule has yet to be released for the Euro 2024 Championships, we have a feeling that this stadium will definitely see a number of games being played there. The stadium is easily accessible by public transport all over Germany as well, which makes it a very convenient location for football fans.
Frankfurt – Waldstadion
Next up on our list of Euro 2024 stadiums, we have the Waldstadion, which is located in Frankfurt. And just like the Red Bull Arena discussed above, this one is home to Eintracht Frankfurt, which is another team that competes in the German Bundesliga. However, this one is shrouded in much more history compared to some of the others, as it was actually first opened all the way back in 1925. If your history is any good, you will know that this means the stadium has even stood the test of time through a World War, despite the fact that no football games were being played during this time.
This one has a slightly larger capacity compared to the Red Bull Arena as well, as the Waldstadion can fit in over 48,000 fans. This is largely thanks to the major renovation that took place back in 2005, with changes such as a retractable roof and even an isolated train station being put into the stadium (underground).
Cologne – RheinEnergieStadion
Here we have another impressive stadium, and this is even older than the one we have just talked about. The RhineEnergieStadion has actually been in its current location since 1923, and as it happens, the general shape and design of the stadium has not changed all that much. When you look at it from the outside, it really does look like a bit of a gladiator arena, with its sharp-square borders and impressive structures all around. Of course, there is another Bundesliga team that plays at the stadium, which is FC Koln. And like the other Euro 2024 stadiums, the RhineEnergieStadion did receive a bit of a cash injection back in 1975, which led to the modern design that we say today.
You are sure to get a little bit more noise in the stadium as well when the championships do roll around, as the capacity is almost 50,000 when it is full to the brim. This is definitely not too shabby when you compare it to other stadiums around Germany and within Europe.
Berlin – Olympiastadion
Given that Berlin is the capital of Germany, it should come as no surprise that it is also home to one of the most impressive Euro 2024 stadiums. The Olympiastadion can actually host almost 75,000 fans when it is nearing full capacity, and the true quality of the stadium was on show for the world to see when it hosted the Champions League final back in 2015. Given that every ticket was sold out for this game, you really could see the electric atmosphere – even when watching on TV. This is obviously a credit to the design and the popularity of the stadium as a whole, and the domestic team that plays here throughout the season is Hertha BSC.
Like some of the other stadiums, this one is also pretty old, as it was first established back in 1936. While the Olympiastadion did receive a renovation, it certainly wasn't recent, as the last major changes to the stadium took place in 1974. This does give it a rather unique and ‘old-school’ appearance, however, which is pretty cool, to say the least.
If you thought the Olympiastadion was impressive in terms of its capacity, the Allianz Arena is not too far behind. Currently, you can squeeze more than 70,000 fans into the stadium, which is the kind of capacity you need when you entertain a team like Bayern Munich on a weekly basis. Of course, this is one of the best teams both in Europe and the world, so it's only fitting that the stadium reflects the quality of the team. And as it happens, this is one of the more modern Euroa 2024 grounds that you will see in Germany, after opening in 2005 alongside a price tag of €340 million. As you can see, this is a rather hefty investment, and this stadium is also the second-largest in Germany.
In terms of the actual design, it follows a somewhat square-shaped design with rounded corners, and it really does shimmer on the outside on a sunny day.
From Germany's second-largest stadium to the largest now, the Westfalenstadion is one that truly rattles any team that comes to play here. With the stadium being located in Dortmund, the home team is Borussia Dortmund, which is a team with a huge following in Germany. Although this is actually Germany's largest stadium, however, the capacity doesn't coincide with the sheer size, as the maximum capacity is less than 70,000. Then again, it's fair to say that when you have over 65,000 fans all screaming inside the stadium, the atmosphere is simply breathtaking.
And out of all of the Euro 2024 stadiums, this one received one of the more recent renovations. Although the stadium itself first opened back in 1974, a talented construction company completely changed the aesthetics of the stadium in 2006, which is why we can now witness the awesome and modern square-style today.
If you were to think about teams with an incredibly loyal following, you'd be hard-pressed to find a team that fits the bill better than FC Schalke. Of course, this is the team that plays all of their home games at the stadium, with almost 55,000 fans coming through the doors when the stadium is filled to capacity. We really do love the style of the stadium as well, as it follows a unique hexagonal shape along with a retractable roof in the event of rather undesirable weather – not entirely uncommon in Germany! Compared to the other stadiums, this is one that was actually first opened more recently, as the doors were first open to the public back in 2001.
And as you might imagine, such an impressive design doesn't come without a significant investment. The total cost to build the stadium was more than €190, so we would say that the stadium is definitely equipped to host an event that carries the prestige of the Euro Championships.
Dusseldorf – Merkur Spiel-Arena
Speaking of significant investments, the stadium has seen plenty of money pumped into it in order to give it the quality we see today. The Merkur Spiel-Arena was developed in 2004 for the grand total of €240, making it one of the most expensive stadiums to be constructed in the entire country. Of course, this investment has allowed for plenty of desirable features in the stadium, such as the under-pitch heating and the retractable roof, meaning that there is no risk of cancelled games due to the weather conditions.
This is obviously important when you have an event such as the Euro Championships taking place, and the capacity of the stadium is more than 51,000. It’s also fair to say that when the roof gets closed in this stadium, the noise of the crowd really comes to life.
Hamburg – Volksparkstadion
The Volksparkstadion in Hamburg is actually a multi-use stadium, meaning that it hasn't only played host to football games. In fact, the stadium has also been the location of some significant sporting events, such as the David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko fight back in 2011. But coming back to football, the stadium is the home ground of Hamburger SV, another team that competes in the German Bundesliga. This one isn't one of the oldest stadiums, but it's also not one of the most modern either. We first witnessed this stadium open in 1953, and the reason that it looks a little older than the others is that the last renovation was in 1998.
Just like all of the other Euro 2024 stadiums, we do not know how many games will be played at Volksparkstadion yet, as the schedule for the event is yet to be released. However, given the public transport links and the decent capacity of the stadium, we do anticipate that there will be plenty of action here when the championships do kick-off.
Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz Arena
And finally, we have the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which is undoubtedly one of Germany's most visually appealing stadiums. Then again, what would you expect from a company that is well-known for designing some of the best cars on the planet? At the time of writing, the Mercedes-Benz Arena can contain over 60,000 fans, which is perfect for a tournament as big as the Euro Championships. However, throughout the year, the Mercedes-Benz Arena is actually the home ground of VfB Stuttgart.
Back in 2011, the stadium received a major overhaul as well, which is why the incredible open plan design is one of the more modern ones in Germany. This design is actually what makes the stadium feel much bigger than it is, and this certainly sets the stage for high drama and plenty of awesome action. With this in mind, we wouldn't be at all surprised if the Mercedes-Benz Arena was selected to host some of the later games in the tournament – maybe even the semis and finals!
Euro 2024 Stadiums – Final Thoughts
We hope that after reading this you have a much better understanding of the stadiums that will be used for the Euro 2024 Championships, as well as what you can expect concerning the atmosphere that you’ll see in the Euro 2024 grounds. Of course, the larger stadiums in terms of the capacity will most likely be selected to host the larger games, but this doesn’t mean that the smaller stadiums won’t see plenty of action. No matter which team you will be supporting throughout the event, we cannot think of a country with more impressive stadiums than Germany, so the location is just perfect for this event.
There’s still a few years before the event, of course, and who knows – maybe there will be some last-minute tweaks/changes to the stadiums to surprise us all? Only time will tell, but we are certainly looking forward to the start of this event.