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

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

Its stadium, the Volksparkstadion, is home to Hamburger SV, and will host 49,000 spectators for its matches in Euro 2024.

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 Volksparkstadion ahead of the tournament.

Hamburg Euro 2024: What to expect

Hamburg Euro 2024
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Key Hamburg Euro 2024 stadium facts

  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Year Opened: 1953
  • Capacity: 49,000

Although originally built in 1953, this is essentially a modern stadium, as the original structure was replaced when renovations took place in 1998.

A brief history of the Volksparkstadion

The huge overhaul of this stadium completely transformed the venue, at a cost of around €100m. The new arena was rotated through 90 degrees to provide a clear viewing position from all of the stands, taking advantage of the available sunlight.

Without the old running track, supporters were also located much closer to the pitch which considerably improves atmosphere inside.

Now a Category four stadium, this arena hosted the Europa League Final between Atlético Madrid and Fulham. 

How many games will Hamburg host at Euro 2024?

The stadium will host a total of five matches at the tournament, with four of those group stage games. Those fixtures are as follows (all times are local):

Group Stage

  • Poland vs Netherlands – June 16 – 3pm
  • Croatia vs Albania- June 19 – 3pm
  • Georgia vs Czechia – June 22 – 3pm
  • Czechia v Türkiye – June 26 – 9pm


  • TBC vs TBC – July 5 – 9pm

 Rules at Volksparkstadion for Hamburg 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 Hamburg 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 HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund) network. This covers a large area outside the city, so is perfect for exploring. 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 Berlin are as follows:

  • Airport to stadium  – 40-45min by public transport (via Stellingen or Othmarschen)
  • Airport to central station – 25-30 minutes by public transport
  • Central station to Fan Zone – 10-15 minutes by public transport
  • Central station to stadium – 15-20min by public transport (via Stellingen or Othmarschen)

Disabled facilities at Volksparkstadion

The Volksparkstadion 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 Volksparkstadion 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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