FRANKFURT: Germany’s DFB will face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to select the 10 city venues to propose to European federation UEFA in its bid to win jost rights to Euro 2024 writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
No fewer than 18 venues had expressed an interest by Friday’s midday deadline.
DFB president Reinhard Grindel said: “We have received huge interest from all regions. The depth of that shows the huge enthusiasm for the idea of holding the Euros in Germany, while also showing that Germany certainly already has the appropriate infrastructure to host such a tournament.”
The 18 are:
Berlin (Olympiastadion), Bremen (Weserstadion), Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park), Dresden (DDV-Stadion), Düsseldorf (ESPRIT Arena), Frankfurt (Commerzbank-Arena), Freiburg (new stadium planned), Gelsenkirchen (VELTINS-Arena), Hamburg (Volksparkstadion), Hanover (HDI Arena), Kaiserslautern (Fritz-Walter-Stadion), Karlsruhe (Wildparkstadion), Cologne (RheinEnergiestadion), Leipzig (Red Bull Arena), Mönchengladbach (Borussia-Park), Munich (Allianz Arena), Nuremberg (Stadion Nürnberg) and Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Arena).
The DFB and any other applicants – so far only Turkey has declared a formal interest – have until March 3 to register a bid with UEFA.
In September the DFB plans to confirm which are the lucky 10, one year ahead of the formal decision by the UEFA executive committee.