ST. PETERSBURG, February 11. /TASS/. Russia’s second-largest city of Saint Petersburg is completely ready for hosting matches of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, Andreas Schar, who is UEFA’s chief of venue operations, said on Thursday.
Andreas Schar is currently paying an evaluation visit with a delegation of UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) experts to assess preparations of St. Petersburg for hosting matches of the major European football championship. The 6th operational visit of UEFA experts to St. Petersburg is held on February 11-12. A delegation of UEFA experts paid their previous visit to St. Petersburg on February 4, 2020 and that visit was considered to be the last one ahead of the tournament, which was later rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
"St. Petersburg was ready last year. The situation has not changed - St. Petersburg is ready," Schar said.
The UEFA official also stated that the same situation applied to the rest of the European hosting cities and all of them are ready for the Euro Cup.
On March 17, 2020, UEFA announced a decision to postpone the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup for exactly one year as a preventive measure against the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus. The championship was rescheduled to be held between June 11 and July 11, 2021 and Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg is among 12 cities in Europe to host the European championship’s matches.
Saint Petersburg was granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup. The newly built football arena in St. Petersburg hosted the opening and final matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and also served as one of 12 stadiums across the country hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The over 62,300-seat capacity stadium was laid down in the western part of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007 and commissioned in early 2017. It serves as a home stadium for Zenit St. Petersburg football club.
In August 2019, the European governing body of football announced a decision to select Russia’s St. Petersburg as a venue for the final match of the 2021 Champions.
A decision to hold the 2020 Euro Cup, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, in various European countries instead of in one or two hosting countries was made at the UEFA Executive Committee’s meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on December 6, 2012.
The matches of the 2020 Euro Cup were scheduled to be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe, namely in London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland) and Copenhagen (Denmark).