All 12 host cities, including Budapest, have submitted their ideas and plans for the European Football Championship which are scheduled for this summer after it was postponed last year due to the pandemic.
“The deadline was April 7th, and we welcome the positive feedback from everyone involved,” said Martin Kallen, tournament director for the European Federation.
In addition to the Hungarian capital, London, Glasgow, Dublin, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Rome, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, and Baku would be directors of the event.
The UEFA reportedly outlined four different models for the hosts from closed-door to full-house implementation. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin however, recently said that only those cities which can guarantee admission to a certain number of spectators into the stadium could host. The German news agency dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) reported that hosts will still have the option to change their concept if the coronavirus situation makes it necessary until April 28th.
Martin Kallen added that there are huge differences in the extent to which each host city wants to utilize their stadium capacity, but he did not reveal how many spectators each venue is counting on.
Gergely Gulyás, the Minister of the PM’s office, said at an online press conference on March 25th that only those who have been vaccinated can attend the football matches as spectators. He added that since the Hungarian government’s plan is that everyone who registered will get a jab by the end of May, this should not be a problem in June, when the championship starts. Gulyás also added that “the few sports events that are held in Hungary according to the strictest rules do not endanger epidemic management.”
The European Championship, postponed by one year from last year, will be held between June 11th and July 11th. The opening match will take place in Rome, while the final will be held in London.
At the Puskás Stadium, Budapest is planning to host three group matches and an eighth-final. The group opponents of the Hungarians will be defending champions Portugal, world champion France, and 2014 world champion Germany.
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