Cologne is a sports city and football naturally plays a special role in the cathedral city. However, from June 14 to July 14, 2024 the focus will not be on Viktoria, Fortuna or the Effzeh (official name 1. FC Köln), but on UEFA EURO 2024, when three-time European champion Germany will be the proud host of the European Championship. As one of 10 host cities, Cologne will use its perfect location in the heart of Europe, its special hosting qualities and its extensive experience as an organizer of major events to celebrate a carefree football festival with guests from all over the world and the people of Cologne. In the summer of 2024, the event will enable Cologne to present itself to a broad audience as an outstanding destination. In addition to hospitality, Cologne is particularly concerned about inclusion, sustainability and public participation.
The most important facts about UEFA EURO 2024 and the planned Fan Zones in Cologne at a glance
The opening match will take place in Munich and the final in Berlin.
Cologne Stadium will host a total of five matches, four group matches and one round of 16 match:
- Saturday, 15 June at 3 p.m.: Hungary vs. Switzerland
- Wednesday 19 June at 9pm: Scotland v Switzerland
- Saturday 22 June at 9pm: Belgium v Romania
- Tuesday 25 June at 9pm: England v Slovenia
- Sunday, 30 June at 9 p.m.: Round of 16
Fan Zones in Cologne
In addition to the Cologne Stadium, there will be other central locations in the city where fans from all over Europe can meet during the tournament. A “Football Village” will be set up in the Altstadt (Old Town), where the matches will be broadcast and an open venue will showcase Cologne’s diverse and colourful cultural scene. However, the primary location for public viewing will be the Tanzbrunnen in Deutz. Plans call for a “Football Experience” to be set up around the Tanzbrunnen. It will consist of several football pitches that will be managed by the Mittelrhein Football Association. Here, school classes, children and teenagers will be able to participate in tournaments and gather limitless experience in playing football.
Cologne is seeking 1,600 volunteers for Euro 2024! The Volunteer Programme of UEFA EURO 2024™ is diverse, inclusive and open to everyone. To participate, you will have to be at least 18 years old as of May 1, 2024 and be available on all the match days and for all the training sessions. You can apply in any city for 25 different tasks such as accreditation, fan welcome & information and ticketing.
Hospitable, cosmopolitan volunteers will be the “calling cards” of the bright and cheerful UEFA EURO 2024™ days in Cologne. By participating in the Volunteer Programme, Cologne residents will have the unique opportunity to become part of the UEFA EURO 2024™ in Cologne and help shape the world of football in a distinctive “Kölsch” way. Additional information can be found here: www.euro2024volunteers.com