Arena Gdańsk in Gdansk, Poland – pictured above (image courtesy of Mott Macdonald) – will stage the 2020 UEFA Europa League final.
UEFA announces host venue role-calls
UEFA confirmed this month that Arena Gdańsk will be the host venue for the 2020 UEFA Europa League final, Estádio do Dragão for the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı for the 2020 UEFA Champions League final and Austria Arena for the 2020 UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
Opened in 2011, Arena Gdańsk hosted four games at UEFA EURO 2012 – three group stage fixtures and Germany’s 4-2 quarter-final win against Greece – and is home to Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk.
Poland have played a number of international friendlies at the stadium, but the ground has yet to hold a match in UEFA club competition.
Located in the city’s Letnica neighbourhood, the stadium’s curved 45,000sqm exterior consists of 18,000 plates designed to resemble amber, which has long been extracted along the Baltic coast.
Porto to host 2020 UEFA Super Cup
The Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal, will host the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. The venue will also play host the annual ESSMA Summit in 2019.
Completed in 2003, the ‘Dragon Stadium’ is the home of FC Porto. The first UEFA competition matches at the ground were in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League knockout phase, José Mourinho’s team making it through to the final that season and beating Monaco 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen.
The Estádio do Dragão then held the opening game of UEFA EURO 2004 – Portugal’s 2-1 defeat by Greece – and has since seen regular UEFA competition action involving both Porto and Portugal. Part of a major leisure development in Porto, the stadium has also been the venue for live performances by the Rolling Stones, Coldplay and One Direction.
The 2019 edition will be staged at Budapest’s Ferencváros Stadium; after nine years of being played in the same city as the men’s UEFA Champions League final, usually two nights before the latter, the women’s decider will have its own separate venue.
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This will be the first UEFA final in Portugal since Lisbon’s Estádio José Alvalade staged the 2005 UEFA Cup final; home club Sporting CP actually lost that decider 3-1 against CSKA Moskva. More recently, Lisbon’s Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica was the setting for the 2014 UEFA Champions League final in which Real Madrid overcame city rivals Atlético 4-1 after extra time.