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The Key Stadia Playing Host to EURO 2024 This Summer

The Key Stadia Playing Host to EURO 2024 This Summer

Not only is Germany a country synonymous with outstanding pedigree in international football, but it also plays host to some of the most captivating stadia in the beautiful game.

So it was a no-brainer that UEFA selected Germany as the host of EURO 2024, with ten venues handpicked to welcome the action - including the majestic Olympiastadion in Berlin, which will play host to the final on July 14.

Here's a look at the best of the stadia that will host EURO 2024 this summer.

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen

It's a shame that Schalke no longer play their club football in the German top flight, as their home stadium truly is one of the most magnificent in the country.

It's here that England, the 3/1 favourites for those who will bet on EUROs action ahead of France and the host nation, open up their Group C campaign at the Veltins Arena, as it's known for sponsorship reasons.

And those placing a football bet will be intrigued to know that if the Three Lions do top Group C, as expected, then they will also play their Round of 16 game at the Gelsenkirchen venue.

A 54,000-capacity stadium (62,000 for domestic games), the Veltins Arena boasts a retractable roof and pitch, while the hanging scoreboard, suspended above the pitch, is similar to that used at many American sporting venues… the first time such an aesthetic has been deployed in European football.

Allianz Arena, Munich

One of the most beloved stadia in Germany is the Westfalenstadion, home to Borussia Dortmund.

That venue plays host to the famous 'Yellow Wall', a collection of Dortmund ultras who produce stunning tifo displays as well as a cacophony of noise when supporting their club.

Of course, that will be absent from EURO 2024, so preference is for the ultra-modern Fussball Arena (perhaps better known as the Allianz Arena) in Munich - a stadium that has seen plenty of success over the years courtesy of its tenants, Bayern Munich.

Nicknamed 'Schlauchboot', which translates into English as 'dinghy', the Allianz Arena certainly has the look of a rubber ring - courtesy of the inflatable ETFE panels, which can change colour depending on the aesthetic required.

The stadium also welcomes NFL games as part of American football's International Series, but it will always be best known as the daunting home of Bayern.

Olympiastadion, Berlin

Anyone who has watched a game at the Olympiastadion will forever remember its sheer scale, plus the nature in which the sound of the supporters carries so atmospherically.

With a capacity of nearly 75,000, the Olympiastadion looms into view from miles around - its place in Berlin's Olympic history is matched by a football heritage that includes World Cup and Champions League finals. More than £250 million has been spent on renovation works at various times since its opening in 1936.

In 2024, the Olympiastadion will also welcome the European Championship final - a fitting conclusion to the tournament and a game that the likes of England and Germany themselves will hope to be involved in.

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