The plan for welcoming fans at the stadium for the upcoming delayed EURO 2020 next summer has been the main subject in the international football this week. It was due to the initial deadline for each of the hosts cities to submit their plans for the fans to European football governning body on 9th April. Those cities which have officially guaranted for the fans persence are Budapest, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam, Copenhangen, Glasgow, , Bucharest and Wembley. However, the remaining four, Dublin, Bilbao, Roma and Munich have not been given assurance for it. Apparently, UEFA has decided to give them more time, instead of ruling them out, to weigh the possible numbers for the supporters in the stadiums. Their new deadline would be on the 19th April.


Among those eight confirmed ones, the Puskas Arena, Budapest is the only venue which is confident to have full 67,000 attendance during the tournament. Hosting games with maximum stadium capacity with certain stricter requirements on fans does still sound rather ambitious, considering the current pandemic situation. Yet, Hungarian local goverment has given a green light for it. Hosting a number of Champions League games at the knockout stages this season could be one of their reasons.


The next hosts which have confirmed for the second largest fans limit are Saint Petersburg and Baku. The Russian and Azerbaijani officials have confirmed that they will allow the 50 percent capacity of the venues. It means they could have approximately about 34,000 spectators on each match.


Meanwhile, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Bucharest can only confirm to have 25 - 33 percent of fans in the stadiums, which is fairly reasonable. Such percentage does also apply for Wembley during the group stages. They are still hopeful to add more for the latter stages and especially the semifinals and the final.


As for the last four doubtful hosts, a 'plan B' for them needs to be prepared thoroughly since staging the matches behind closed doors is no longer an option, as UEFA President, Alexander Ceferin, stated clearly last month. It is believed that should Dublin, Bilbao, Rome and Munich be excluded due to no final warranty of fans presence, the games staged in those cities will still be played in the same country but different cities, except for Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Since it is the largest venue in the country, the fixtures in Ireland capital are likely to be moved to UK, either the city on the north of England or in other regions like Belfast, Cardiff or Glasgow again. Nevertheless, no obvious back-up plan has been officially announced to public.