UEFA Europa League Venues
2010 Europa League Final
The German city of Hamburg won the rights to host the first-ever UEFA Europa League final. The event will be held at HSH Nordbank Arena, somtimes referred to as the Volkparkstadion. The ground boasts an elite UEFA 5 star ranking and was one of the primary venues during the 2006 Football World Cup.
The Nordbank Arena offers seating for 57,274 spectators. The modern, bowl-shaped design ensures that all spectators are under cover, and the pitch is kept in playable condition during winter by a heating system located under the turf. The Europa League venue is easily accessed once in the city of Hamburg, as it it serviced not only by the Hamburg S-Bahn, but also by a dedicated bus service on match days.
The Nordbank Arena is a relatively new construction, and was built in 1998 to replace the aging Volksparkstadion, a relic of the post-war era. The new stadium was rotated to make maximum benefit of natural light, and the construction of the stadium was also sensitive to acoustics, as the venue was intended to double as a concert venue.
2011 Europa League Final
Dublin’s brand new Aviva Stadium will host the 2011 Europa League final. The stadium was constructed to replace the crumbling, but historic, Lansdowne Road as a home for the Irish national football and rugby union teams. Cutting edge design and construction assured that the Aviva Stadium received a UEFA 5 star ranking and thereby qualified as a host for European football finals.
The Aviva Stadium is a 50,000 all-seater venue located in the heart of Dublin. The futuristic stadium provides covered seating for all spectators on four separate tiers, with seating following bowl-shaped contours. The venue is located adjacent to Lansdowne Railway Station, making it easily accessible to football fans traveling to the Europa League final.
Construction of the Aviva Stadium began in 2007, following the demolition of the Lansdowne Road – a venue that had been in use since the 1800s. The costs of construction of the Aviva Stadium came to €365 million, and were paid by the Irish government and the ruling associations for Irish football and rugby union.
For more information on travelling to these UEFA Europa League venues, visit the UEFA Europa League Travel page available on this site.