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West Ham now playing at the Olympic stadium

London - Olympic StadiumLondon - Olympic StadiumThe Olympic or London Stadium, with a capacity of 80,000 seats, became the home ground of West Ham United F.C. at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season. The club applied for tenancy of the stadium, built as a venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics, before the stadium was even built. That is why the stadium was designed so as to be easily adapted to the needs of West Ham, a Premier League club. What they particularly needed was a lower capacity and closer contact between players and fans. This was achieved by lowering the roof and installing a retractable lower seating area.

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Parken Stadium, the largest and most modern stadium in Denmark

Copenhagen - Parken StadiumCopenhagen - Parken StadiumThe Parken Stadium, or Telia Parken, as it is currently called, is the largest and most modern stadium in Denmark, boasting even of a retractable roof. In July 2014 the name of the stadium was changed, following a sponsorship agreement with Telia Sonera, a telephone company. Telia Parken is, quite obviously, located in the Danish capital city and is the home ground of FC Copenhagen, one of the most successful Danish football clubs.

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Allianz Stadion, the new home ground of Rapid Wien

Wien - Allianz StadionWien - Allianz StadionThe new stadium of Rapid Wien was officially opened on Saturday, 16th July 2017, in a grand style. On the occasion, the home team, Rapid Wien, played Chelsea F.C. (2:0), a football giant from England. Fans could enjoy the first league match one week later, when Rapid played SV Ried in the 2016/2017 season opening match. And a few days later, a UEFA Europa League qualifying match was played there.

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How Estádio da Luz, home of Benfica, changed over time

Lisboa - Estádio da LuzLisboa - Estádio da LuzThe Estádio da Luz had been the home ground of the Portuguese club Benfica Lisbon for more than fifty years before it was replaced by a new stadium, bearing the same name, in 2003. The construction of the stadium, also known as the Estádio de Carnide, was begun in July 1953. It was inaugurated a year later, on 1st December, with a match between Benfica and Porto (1-3). The initial capacity of the Estádio da Luz was 50,000 but when the third tier was built, the capacity increased to 80,000.

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Stade de France – the main venue for the 2016 European Championship

Paris - Stade de FranceParis - Stade de FranceThe French national stadium, situated north of the centre of Paris, in the district of Saint-Denis, was built principally to provide venue for the 1998 World Cup. With a capacity of 81,000 seats it became the largest stadium in France and the main venue for the World Cup matches. The stadium hosted nine matches, including the opening match and the final. It will play a similar role during EURO 2016.

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Modernization of Park des Princes ahead of Euro 2016

Paris - Parc des PrincesParis - Parc des PrincesThe Parc des Princes, or Park of the Princes, is the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain. The club has been playing there since 1974, which was four years after PSG had been started. The Parc des Princes, originally a multi-purpose venue, was built in 1897, and like most stadiums at that time it had a cycle track. The track was part of the stadium until 1967, when it hosted the final stage of the Tour de France for the last time. Five years later, a brand new stadium with a capacity of 48,700 was built on the site of the “vélodrome”.

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Presentation of the new EURO 2016 venue in Lyon

Lyon - Parc OLLyon - Parc OL

06.07.2016: Olympique Lyon played their very first match in 2016 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, their new stadium, and they beat Troyes 4-1. It was decided that a new stadium would be built only after it had been confirmed that France would host the 2016 European Championship. The Lyon stadium will provide venue for four group matches, a round-of-16 match and a semi-final match. With a capacity of nearly 60,000 seats it is the third largest stadium in France.

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