A rundown of all the Euro 2012 venues in Poland and Ukraine
England's Group D games will be played in the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Kiev, but here we take a look at all eight venues for Euro 2012
Gdansk is home to Poland’s principal seaport and during summer thousands of tourists flock to its Baltic beaches and those of close by Sopot and Gydnia. The city will host World and European Champions Spain in three of its four games, one of which will be a quarter final.
The Arena Gdansk is situated in the middle of a triangle which consists of the Old Town, the famous shipyards and the airport. The outside of the stadium is amber in order to represent the extraction of the metal along the Baltic coast.
Football Club: KS Lechia Gdansk
UEFA Capacity: 40,000
10 June 17:00 Spain v Italy
14 June 19:45 Spain v Republic of Ireland
18 June 19:45 Croatia v Spain
22 June 19:45 Quarter-Final 2 (WB v RA)
Poznan, which means “one who is recognised”, is Poland’s fifth largest city and home to KKS Lech Poznan who are one of the country’s best football teams with five Polish cups and six league titles. Throughout the tournament the city will have a fan zone in Plac Wolnosci (Freedom Square) which holds 30,000 people and will show all 31 live games.
The Municipal Stadium was briefly the country’s largest stadium before the completion of stadiums in Gdansk and Wroclaw and is well known for its atmosphere and goal celebration that has been adopted by Manchester City. Three matches will be hosted here including games featuring Republic of Ireland and Italy.
Province: Wielkopolska (Greater Poland)
Football Club: KKS Lech Poznan
UEFA Capacity: 40,000
10 June 19:45 Republic of Ireland v Croatia
14 June 17:00 Italy v Croatia
18 June 19:45 Italy v Republic of Ireland
Warsaw is Poland’s main and economic capital. It is known as the Phoenix city after being rebuilt following bombing in the Second World War and is now a thriving city that is the fourth-tallest in Europe. The city is home to three football teams with KPS Polonia Warszawa being the city’s oldest team but Legia Warsaw being the most successful with 16 Polish cups to their name. WKS Gwardia Warszawa have the prestige of being the first team in Poland to take part in continental competition which was the inaugural European Champions Clubs’ Cup.
The National Stadium Warsaw is home to the Polish national team and will host five matches, two of which will include Poland and one that will be a semi-final. The stadium has the unusual design of having a spire hanging 30m above the centre circle which is supported by a roof structure that is 240x270m.
Football Clubs: Legia Warsaw, KPS Polonia Warszawa, WKS Gwardia Warszawa
National Stadium Warsaw
UEFA Capacity: 50,000
8 June 17:00 Poland v Greece
12 June 19:45 Poland v Russia
16 June 19:45 Greece v Russia
21 June 19:45 Quarter-Final 1 (WA v RB)
28 June 19:45 S emi-final 2 (W26 v W28)
Wroclaw is Poland’s fourth largest city and is the major industrial, commercial and higher education centre of a region that borders Czech Republic and Germany. Despite several teams forming in the city after the Second World War it is WKS Slask Wroclaw who are the leading light in Wroclaw football.
The Municipal Stadium Wroclaw is Poland’s third UEFA 2012 venue and is built in the shape of a Chinese lantern. The stadium will host three group matches in the tournament with hosts Poland playing their final group game against Czech Republic at the stadium. When it opened the venue saw a Ekstraklasa record crowd in a game between WKS Slask Wroclaw and Lechia Gdansk.
Province: Dolny Slask (Lower Silesia)
Football Clubs: WKS Slask Wroclaw
The Municipal Stadium Wroclaw
UEFA Capacity: 40,000
8 June 19:45 Russia v Czech Republic
12 June 17:00 Greece v Czech Republic
16 June 19:45 Czech Republic v Poland
Donetsk is the centre of Ukraine’s coal mining region and is home to one of the country’s most successful teams, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the last ever winners of the UEFA Cup. Visitors to the city are recommended to visit the Lenin Komsomol Park by the Donbass Arena and explore the city on foot and see its stark socialist structures.
The Donbass Arena was funded by Shakhtar owner Rinat Akhmetov and is thought to have cost 320m Euro to build. The stadium will host England’s first group game against France and their last against Ukraine as well as one of the semi-finals.
Province: Donetsk Oblast
Football Clubs: FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Metalurh Donetsk
UEFA Capacity: 50,000
11 June 17:00 France v ENGLAND
15 June 17:00 Ukraine v France
19 June 19:45 ENGLAND
23 June 19:45 Quarter Final 3 (WC v RD)
27 June 19:45 Semi-Final 1 (W25 v W27)
Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and is where the Euro 2012 Final will be held. The city has over 100 museums, 141 libraries and 33 theatres. It is also home to three football teams, the most famous of which is FC Dynamo Kiev who have 26 league titles, 18 cups, two UEFA Cup Winner’s Cups and one Super Cup. The city will host games featuring England and Ukraine.
The Olympic Stadium has the largest capacity of all the venues with a UEFA capacity of 60,000 and is the home of the Ukraine national team. The stadium originally opened in 1923 and due to there being no seats it often exceeded its official capacity of 100,062. Between the time of the original opening and reopening in 2011 the stadium has had three different names before becoming the Olympic Stadium in 1996.
Province: Kiev Oblast
Football Clubs: FC Dynamo Kiev, FC Arsenal Kiev, FC Obolon Kiev
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
UEFA Capacity: 60,000
11 June 19:45 Ukraine v Sweden
15 June 19:45 Sweden v ENGLAND
19 June 19:45 Sweden v France
24 June 19:45 Quarter-Final 4 (WD v RC)
1 July 19:45 Final
Kharkiv is the birthplace of Soviet nuclear technology and has 13 universities and several technical institutions that attract 10,000 foreign students each year. Within the city is Shevchenko Park which contains grand statues of Lenin and the poet Taras Shevchenko. The city will see Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark and Germany play at the Metalist Stadium.
The stadium was originally called the Traktor Stadium as it was sponsored by a local production company. After a further two name changes it is now named the Metalist Stadium after the team that plays there, FC Metalist Kharkiv. The latest of several renovations is thought to have cost 60m Euro which was funded by local authorities and Metalist owner Olexander Yaroslavskiy.
Province: Kharkiv Oblast
Football Clubs: FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Kharkiv
UEFA Capacity: 35,000
9 June 17:00 Holland v Denmark
13 June 19:45 Holland v Germany
17 June 19:45 Portugal v Holland
Lviv is the place where the country’s language and culture survived and thrived under constant occupation. It was also the scene of the country’s first football match on 14 July 1894, a date considered the birth of Ukrainian football on what was then Polish land.
The Arena Lviv is the smallest UEFA Euro 2012 venue with a UEFA capacity of 30,000. It combines traditional architecture with a modern slant and had an opening ceremony which featured 2,000 performers in a theatrical production which depicted the history of Lviv. Portugal will face Germany here with two other Euro 2012 matches taking place at the arena.
Province: Lviv Oblast
Football Clubs: FC Karpaty Lviv, FC Lviv
UEFA Capacity: 30,000
9 June 19:45 Germany v Portugal
13 June 17:00 Denmark v Portugal
17 June 19:45 Denmark v Germany