Euro 2020: British bid to stage all of Euro 2020 boosted by return of 10,000 fans to Wembley


Government’s decision to allow fans back from May boosts FA’s hopes of hosting the ENTIRE Euro 2020 tournament, with spectators allowed at every match

British efforts to stage the entirety of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament have been boosted by news that large venues such as Wembley will be permitted to host 10,000 fans from May 17.

As announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Commons on Monday afternoon, spectators will be allowed back into sporting events from the middle of May as the Government gradually rolls back Covid-19 restrictions.

From May 17, indoor venues will be allowed to admit up to a maximum of 1,000 spectators, or half their capacity if that figure is lower.

Britain’s offer to stage more matches at this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament have received a boost by news large venues such as Wembley (pictured) will be permitted 10,000 spectators at events from May 17  

Wembley is set to stage England's group matches, both semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020

Wembley is set to stage England’s group matches, both semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 

UP TO 10,000 FANS

From May 17, indoor venues will be allowed to admit up to a maximum of 1,000 spectators, or half their capacity if that figure is lower.

For outdoor events, there will be a maximum of 4,000 fans allowed, or half a venue’s capacity (whichever figure is lower).

However, at the biggest stadiums, such as Wembley, a maximum of 10,000 fans will be allowed, or a quarter of capacity (whichever figure is lower).

It is still not clear which stadiums qualify as these ‘biggest’ venues… so it remains to be seen whether Test matches and Wimbledon, among others, will be allowed up to 10,000 fans or just 4,000.

For outdoor events, there will be a maximum of 4,000 fans allowed, or half a venue’s capacity (whichever figure is lower).

However, at the biggest stadiums where capacity is more than 16,000, such as Wembley, a maximum of 10,000 fans will be allowed, or a quarter of capacity (whichever figure is lower). 

If Covid cases continue to fall, it is possible all restrictions on crowds could be abolished on June 21 under Stage Four of the Government’s plans, raising the possibility the knockout games could be played in front of larger Wembley crowds. 

But, even if limits are removed entirely, sources have disclosed it is ‘highly unlikely’ that the remaining Wembley matches of the Euros would see the venue operate at full capacity.

It is hoped 24,000 will be permitted to watch England v Scotland on June 18. 

Wembley is set to stage England’s group stage matches, a last-16 tie, both semi-finals and the final of this summer’s European Championship, which is currently scheduled to be played in 12 cities around Europe.

At the weekend, it was reported that culture secretary Oliver Dowden told UEFA that progress on vaccinations in the UK means crowds will be back inside stadiums before much of Europe.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the largest stadiums, such as Wembley, will be permitted 10,000 spectators inside or a quarter of capacity (whichever is lower)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the largest stadiums, such as Wembley, will be permitted 10,000 spectators inside or a quarter of capacity (whichever is lower) 

UEFA plans to stage Euro 2020 at 12 difference venues right across Europe but the situation has been complicated by Covid-19 restrictions

UEFA plans to stage Euro 2020 at 12 difference venues right across Europe but the situation has been complicated by Covid-19 restrictions 

The Sunday Times said that Britain is offering to host the whole European Championship with the Government ‘responding positively’ to the prospect of taking on more games if asked by UEFA.

Hampden Park in Glasgow is also set to stage some matches at the Euros.

UEFA remains committed to the original plan for the Championship, pushed back 12 months because of the pandemic, which involves playing games in 12 different cities across Europe.

The competition, which runs from June 11 until July 11, is set to be held in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest, Baku, Rome and Bucharest. 

However, the slower progress of vaccination programmes in Europe and the complexities of Covid-19 travel restrictions and quarantines mean plans for a pan-continental tournament could yet change.  

England played a number of international games behind closed doors at Wembley in 2020

England played a number of international games behind closed doors at Wembley in 2020



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