Logo revealed for Brussels as EURO 2020 host city
On December 14th, Brussels launched the logo for its EURO 2020 campaign in the magnificent Brussels City Hall. With a strong bid, Brussels became 1 of the 13 selected host cities earlier in September (out of 49 in total). Belgium’s love for football and Brussels’s status as a centre at the hub of Europe came to the fore when the city launched its host city logo.
A group of Brussels schoolchildren dressed in Belgian national team shirts brought the Henri Delaunay Cup – European national team football’s premier silverware – into Brussels City Hall.
UEFA EURO 2020
UEFA EURO 2020 will be held across 13 different European cities in the summer of 2020 as UEFA marks the 60th anniversary of the continent’s top national-team competition. Instead of having a party in one country, the ‘party’ will happen all over Europe in the summer of 2020. An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is a good idea.
EURO Brussels 2020 president Alain Courtois recalled Belgium’s pioneering role as a co-host in 2000 – “today we are again pioneers,” he said, expressing his excitement at a EURO that will make history.
All host cities chose to include an iconic bridge in the logo, to emphasize the ‘connecting’ character of EURO 2020. The Brussels logo showcases the Pont Sobieski, an Art Nouveau bridge near the world-famous Atomium building constructed for the Universal Exhibition in 1958.
Belgium’s capital will stage three group matches and a round of 16 encounter in 2020, at a new stadium to be constructed near the current Roi Baudouin stadium – the setting for several games at UEFA EURO 2000, successfully co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands.
In September 2013, the Belgian government, the City of Brussels and the Belgian FA have decided to apply for candidacy for the UEFA Euro 2020 European Championship. Most notably, Brussels needed a swift construction of an overall concept that is the most advanced stadium in technology, innovation and fan experience that corresponded with the allure of the Capital of the European Union.
The new football stadium, adjacent to the old venue, with over 60.000 seats will include all modern amenities.
On April 2nd 2014 a public call for tender has been published. On March 19th 2015, Ghelamco has been designated as preferred candidate for the financing, building and exploitation of the new Brussels stadium.
UEFA fifth vice-president Michael van Praag stated:
“UEFA is very pleased that the tournament can be held in the European capital. Belgium is not only good at playing football, but is also good at organising.”
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