Official: Italy and Turkey selected to host Euro 2032 – Which Italian cities and stadiums could feature?

Italy and Turkey are going to share the hosting duties for the UEFA European Championships in 2032, but which stadiums have been put forward by the FIGC to host matches?

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UEFA has announced that Italy and Turkey will be the hosts of their flagship international tournament, the UEFA European Championships in 2032. Both nations’ football governing bodies, the FIGC (Italy) and the TFF (Turkey) announced their intentions to host a European Championship in 2019.

Originally the FIGC intended to host the 2028 tournament, however, in February 2022 they announced their withdrawal of the 2028 bid to focus on the 2032 edition.

On July 28, UEFA announced that the FIGC and TFF had requested to merge their bids to co-host the tournament. Following the UEFA Executive meeting on October 10, it was announced that their bid had been successful.

“This is a historic turning point for us,” FIGC chief Gabriele Gravina stated (via Gianluca Di Marzio) before adding: “We have been chasing this goal for years. If we project ourselves to 2032, after 43 years I think it is the right time to demonstrate the ability to organise major events in our country.”

Which stadiums will Italy use for Euro 2032?

Both countries submitted 20 potential stadiums each, however, only 10 will be used, with five being from each country. The FIGC and TFF will have to wait until October 2026 to discover which five stadiums each have been chosen.

So, which stadiums and cities could Italy use?

Milan – San Siro/Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza / Stadio San Siro. (@Inter_en)

The first on the list seems an obvious selection to be chosen. The San Siro is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, let alone the world.

With a maximum capacity of 75,817, the stadium seems like it will be guaranteed to feature, and potentially could even host the competition’s final. The assumption is that with the glacial speed at which change takes place in Italy, the stadium will still be functional by 2032, even if Inter and AC Milan do not play there anymore.

Turin – Allianz Stadium

Fans at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@juventusfcen)

One of Italy’s more modern stadiums is the Allianz Stadium, home of Juventus.

Capable of holding 41,507, it is another sure pick for the nation. Alongside this, Turin’s rich history of architecture and cuisine makes it an exceptional hub for tourism during the tournament.

Verona – Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

The Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is one of the more rustic stadiums in Italy but it is able to hold 39,371.

Verona is a city that attracts plenty of tourists every year and is equipped to deal with the attention that the tournament would bring.

Genoa – Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Genoa’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris. (@GenoaCFC)

Genoa boasts several beautiful landmarks, and the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is no exception.

Alongside the Ducal Palace, San Lorenzo Cathedral, Church of San Matteo, and Palazzo San Giorgio, there are several well-renowned landmarks within the city, which could make it an ideal candidate to host some of the tournament’s fixtures.

Bologna – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Bologna’s Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. (@Inter_en)

The Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, home of Bologna, is another to be put forward by the FIGC for contention of hosting matches in the tournament.

Opened in 1927, the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara is one of the oldest on the list, and is a great showpiece of the city. Bologna itself is rich in culture, with some describing it as a city divided, given its half-and-half share of modernity tradition.

Florence – Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi. [@ACFFiorentinaEN]

Florence’s Stadio Artemio Franchi has a capacity of 43,147, however, like a few others on the list, is set for renovation in the near future.

Located in the capital of Tuscany, Florence is another major hub for tourism. Fans would flock to see games in Florence, even if there are better stadiums to look at in Italy.

Rome – Stadio Olimpico

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. (@Inter_en)

The Stadio Olimpico, again, seems a given to be one of the selected stadiums.

Located in the heart of the Italian capital, a city rich with sporting history, it only seems right that the Olimpico is selected as one of Italy’s represented stadiums.

Naples – Stadio Diego Armando Maradona

Soccer Football – Serie A – Napoli v Spezia – Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy – September 10, 2022 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

The Stadio Diego Armando Maradona is a truly beautiful stadium, in an equally as beautiful city.

With the stadium’s capacity being 54,726, it is one of the bigger stadiums on the list and it is due for some renovations in the near future.

Bari – Stadio San Nicola

Although Bari currently reside in Serie B, the Stadio San Nicola is one of the biggest on the list, with a capacity of 58,270 which could rise further after the expected renovations.

Bari is a beautiful city in Puglia, a region of Italy that has seen its popularity grow rapidly in recent years when it comes to tourism.

Cagliari – Unipol Domus

The Unipol Domus is capable of holding 25,000, which currently doesn’t qualify for UEFA’s regulations. However, with plans of an expansion to 30,000, it would fit the UEFA regulations required to be a host stadium.

Naturally, there are more logistical concerns with Cagliari given it is on Sardinia rather than the mainland, but that doesn’t have to take it out of the running.

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