Euro 2020: Scottish Government confirms fans will be allowed at Hampden Park for tournament

Ireland's FA has written to UEFA to say it is not in a position to provide assurances on the number of supporters Dublin's Aviva Stadium can host this summer; Glasgow's Hampden Park will host four Euro 2020 games; the first pan-European edition of the tournament runs from June 11 - July 11

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Fans will be allowed to watch Euro 2020 at Hampden Park after the Scottish Government confirmed 25 per cent capacity but hopes are fading for Dublin's Aviva Stadium, as Bryan Swanson reports

The Scottish Government has granted approval to allow spectators into Hampden Park to attend Euro 2020 matches this summer.

This will mean up to 25 per cent of the venue's capacity (around 12,000 fans) will be able to visit the 51,866-capacity Glasgow venue for the four Euro games scheduled to be played there - three group stage matches and one last-16 tie.

A decision on the Fan Zone in the city will be made at the end of April.

Speaking during her daily Scottish Government briefing on Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "optimistic" a number of spectators will be able to attend matches at Hampden and said some form of vaccine certification may be used to help host tournament games.

Scotland's clash with the Czech Republic takes place at Hampden in Group D on June 14, while they face Croatia at the same venue in their final group game on June 22. An eagerly anticipated tie at Wembley against England also awaits on June 18.

Nicola Sturgeon has instructed Scottish professional sport to remain vigilant towards elite sport's coronavirus regulations
Image: Nicola Sturgeon has said a vaccine certification system may be used to help Scotland host Euro 2020 games this summer

A statement from the Scottish FA read: "The Scottish FA and Glasgow Life (on behalf of Glasgow City Council) have been working on a range of planning scenarios for hosting the four UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Glasgow in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, both in terms of allowing spectators in the stadium and the creation of a Fan Zone in the city for the duration of the tournament.

"Following extensive consultation with the Scottish Government and public health advisers, the Local Organising Structure can confirm that it has submitted details of its preferred option for admitting spectators to the stadium to meet today's (7 April) UEFA deadline.

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"We are delighted that the Scottish Government has given approval to allow spectators up to 25 per cent of the stadium capacity (approximately 12,000 - based on the UEFA EURO 2020 venue overlay and seating configuration) for each of the four games to be staged at Hampden Park. Naturally, this will be subject to continued progress with reducing the prevalence of the virus and the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

"On 9 April UEFA will be in contact with all ticket holders advising them on the latest tournament arrangements including ticketing and travel information."

Hampden Park has been permitted to welcome around 12,000 supporters per game for the European Championships
Image: Hampden Park has been permitted to welcome around 12,000 supporters per game for the European Championships

Meanwhile, Ireland's FA has remained non-committal on how many supporters will be permitted to attend the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for games this June.

The governing body has said in a statement: "The Football Association of Ireland, on advice and guidance from the Government, has today notified UEFA that owing to the COVID-19 pandemic it is not in a position at this point to provide assurances on minimum spectator levels at the UEFA EURO 2020 matches due to be held in Dublin in June."

If UEFA decides to drop Dublin as a host city, a decision can only be made by the UEFA Executive Committee on April 19.

The 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium in Dublin is one of the venues selected to host Euro 2020 games
Image: The 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium in Dublin is one of the venues selected to host Euro 2020 games

On Wednesday, Amsterdam committed to allowing fans to attend Euro 2020 games in June ahead of UEFA's deadline for host cities to submit their plans.

Italy's government has decided Rome's Stadio Olimpico can be re-opened to the public for the Euros, while Romania's authorities have given the go-ahead for up to 13,000 fans to attend matches at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.

The Spanish football federation has declared Bilbao will be unable to hold Euro 2020 matches with spectators, despite Bilbao's city hall saying it had submitted a plan to UEFA to open the San Mames stadium at 25 per cent of its capacity for games.

European football's governing body has requested all the 12 host cities put forward their plans for allowing supporters into stadiums by Wednesday.

UEFA's president Aleksander Ceferin has said games will not be played behind closed doors and the chosen stadiums must guarantee some fan presence for the tournament, which runs from June 11-July 11.

When is Euro 2020? Hosts, dates, teams, fixtures

Who has made it to Euro 2020 and how will the tournament work?

Coronavirus has put Euro 2020 back a year to 2021, but 24 sides will still play across 12 host cities in a festival of football.

The top two teams from each of the 10 groups qualified for Euro 2020 and the four remaining positions were settled in the play-offs, with Scotland beating Serbia in a penalty shootout to join England and Wales at the tournament.

Here is the confirmed schedule so far.

When and where is Euro 2020?

The 16th UEFA European Championship runs from June 11 to July 11, 2021, and to celebrate the tournament's 60th birthday, 12 cities across the continent have been selected as hosts. The 12 cities and stadiums are:

  • Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Johan Cruyff Arena
  • Baku (Azerbaijan) - Olympic Stadium
  • Bilbao (Spain) - San Mames
  • Bucharest (Romania) - Arena Nationala
  • Budapest (Hungary) - Puskas Arena
  • Copenhagen (Denmark) - Parken Stadium
  • Dublin (Republic of Ireland) - Aviva Stadium
  • Glasgow (Scotland) - Hampden Park
  • London (England) - Wembley Stadium
  • Munich (Germany) - Allianz Arena
  • Rome (Italy) - Stadio Olimpico
  • Saint Petersburg (Russia) - Krestovsky Stadium

Rome's Stadio Olimpico will host the opening match on June 11, while England's national stadium Wembley will stage both semi-finals and the final.

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