The Scottish FA and the entire Glasgow UEFA Euro 2020 bid team are delighted that Hampden Park has been selected as a host city for the European Championships’ 60th anniversary.
The UEFA Executive Committee convened in Geneva, Switzerland, today and awarded Glasgow and Hampden Park a Standard Package of three group-stage matches and one knockout phase match.
It means the city of Glasgow and the national stadium will be one of 13 host city venues for the showpiece event, selected by the UEFA ExCo from 19 submissions from across Europe.
The bid was collaborative effort involving the Scottish FA, Scottish Government, EventScotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Hampden Park Ltd.
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, believes the host city status will help realise the Association’s strategic plan, Scotland United: A2020 Vision.
“It is wonderful news and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved from the outset of what has been a fantastic bid. I believe Glasgow and Hampden Park will throw a fitting birthday party for the European Championships and I know the whole country will make it an occasion to remember.
“We have worked hard to establish our strategic plan and today’s announcement gives us a perfect platform on which to realise our ambitions. It would be great if Scotland can qualify for Euro 2020, playing in front of a full house at Hampden Park with a successful national team represented by graduates from our Performance Schools.
“On the back of a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and ahead of what will be a memorable Ryder Cup, I am delighted Scotland, Glasgow and Hampden Park will again look forward to being the focus of worldwide attention for Euro 2020.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), said: “Having delivered the best ever Commonwealth Games this summer, I am delighted that Glasgow has been selected as a host city for the UEFA European Championships in 2020.
“Glasgow enjoys a proud reputation as one of the world’s great footballing cities and Hampden, in particular, has become a stadium familiar to football fans throughout Europe. We recognise the value of football and major sporting events and we have a fantastic track record in attracting and delivering some of the biggest global sporting championships; including the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals. We’re also ranked as one of the top 10 ultimate sports cities in the world, ahead of the likes of Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam.
“Given the experience and expertise of our bid team – comprising the Scottish FA, Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Hampden Park Ltd – and the cross-party political support received from the UK Government, we were confident that our bid was a strong one. Now we’re ready to show that Glasgow and Hampden will provide a truly memorable backdrop to UEFA’s milestone 60th anniversary Euro celebration.
"The city’s global profile has never been greater and today’s announcement provides the perfect platform to build on the sporting legacy created by the Commonwealth Games. It is a real opportunity to bring some of Europe’s top football stars to Glasgow, support our national game and benefit the local economy while showcasing the city to a huge global audience.”
Welcoming the decision, Cabinet Secretary for Sport Shona Robison said: “EURO 2020 coming to Glasgow will be brilliant for football and for Scotland. Fans from across Europe will want to come here to soak up an amazing party atmosphere, while we’ll hear the ‘Hampden Roar’ just as loud in many different languages. Whichever teams make it, hundreds of thousands of fans will receive a great Scottish welcome.
“I am sure this will give an added boost, if any were needed, to Scotland’s efforts to qualify for the tournament. Scotland is the perfect stage for major events and hosting four matches in Glasgow will also provide substantial economic benefits. We will continue to work closely with the Scottish FA and Glasgow City Council to help put on a spectacular football tournament.”