Euro 2008 – The Venues

Euro 2008 is only a few weeks away and, following on from the “startling” success of the piece on here about the kits that teams will be wearing next summer (I use both the words “startling” and “success” as relative concepts), there will be something going up on here about this summer’s festivities in Austria an Switzerland. UEFA’s motto for Euro 2008 appears to be, “for God’s sake, don’t let there be empty seats on display”. I’m unsure whether this is a lasting lesson learnt from Euro 96 (where some pitiful crowds saw group matches played out in cavernous arenas), but the principal aim of the stadia being used for this tournament seems to be to keep them small and, presumably, full. Only two of the eight stadia to be used have so much as a capacity of 40,000 (compared with five of the eight used in England twelve years ago), and the majority would look small if used in the Premier League. In some ways, this is surprising – Austria and Switzerland are, if nothing else, very central, and one might have expected there to be high interest in tickets from all corners of Europe. Evidently, though, UEFA do not consider this to be a major problem, so the stadia used for Euro 2008 will be small but perfectly formed. Well, small, anyway. As per the tradition for...

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