Bayern’s Allianz Arena will host the 2023 Champions League final | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
The current state of the world has kept us locked out of stadiums for the bulk of 2020, but the return of fans to grounds across Europe – albeit in limited capacities – is a beacon of hope that 2021 will bring better things.
And while the stadium visits and holidays have stopped for now, they can’t forever. The football can’t either; 2021 will be the year of playing catch up and is set to host just about every major tournament known to man, leaving us spoilt for choice in which ones to attend (if we can attend, that is).
Fortunately, major football organisations are always planning ahead, so there’s more to look forward to than just the next year. Grab a pen and paper and be ready to start scribbling down some travel plans; here’s 90min’s one-stop guide to all the stadiums that are hosting major tournament finals in the next few years.
Providing there isn’t another global pandemic, obviously…
Football’s coming home. Sort of.
Euro 2020 – now scheduled for 2021 due to obvious reasons – sees the format change in that the tournament will be held across Europe, rather than in one or two countries like usual.
England has been fortunate enough to be able to host the final at Wembley; fingers crossed fans are allowed in to pack it out.
Liverpool fans hold fond memories of the one of a kind Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul | EuroFootball/Getty Images
The venue that hosted an immense 2005 final between Milan and Liverpool was set to hold the 2020 final, but the pandemic means it’s been pushed back to next year.
Incredible heat, passionate fans and plenty of seats, this one has potential.
Gdansk City Stadium is a beautiful example of modern football architecture | AFP/Getty Images
Similarly to the previous entry, Gdansk has had to wait another year to host a Europa League final, with last season’s mini-tournament instead being held in Germany.
Gdansk is one of several places worth visiting in Poland. Perfect excuse to make a long trip of it.
The Copa America is the Southern Hemisphere’s answer to the European Championship.
It’s one that slips under the radar of mainstream football fans, but is a guaranteed trip of a lifetime. Make your way around South America to follow the tournament before finishing off in Colombia with the final.
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The Africa Cup of Nations is often overlooked but always delivers in every department.
Drama, obscene talent, incredible kits and this time a new stadium. The 60,000-seater Paul Biya Stadium remains under construction and is set to close out the tournament next year.
Japan will provide a unique look for the football at the Olympics in 2021 | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images
If that isn’t a busy enough calendar for 2021, here’s some Olympic football just to top it off.
Currently the Nissan Stadium for sponsorship purposes, the stadium has regularly hosted football and will be used to crown the gold medallists in both men’s and women’s football.
An evening view of the Lusail Stadium, which will host the #Qatar2022 finals.
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France will defend their 2018 World Cup trophy in the first ever World Cup held in the UAE in 2022.
Should they make it to the final, they’ll get the luxury of playing in the 80,000 capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium, which remains under construction.
The Gazprom stadium is sure to create a passionate atmosphere | KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images
Home to Zenit, the Krestovsky Stadium – currently the Gazprom Stadium – was opened in 2017 and used at the 2018 World Cup, and will add the 2022 Champions League final to its CV in the near future.
Not a bad few years for a brand new stadium and definitely one to add to the bucket list.
2022, the Europa League returns to it’s rightful home in Seville, where undisputed Europa League champions Sevilla will host the final.
Sevilla winning the tournament at home is a must.
The Allianz Arena is the pinnacle of modern football stadiums | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
The ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have essentially knocked back the schedule for both the Champions League and Europa League by a year.
Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena is set to host the 2023 final, and with the way they’re playing under Hansi Flick, they’ll likely be playing in it too.
Hungary’s Puskas Arena hosted the 2020 UEFA Super Cup | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Budapest’s impressive Puskas Arena will host the final of Europe’s secondary club competition in 2023, giving you the perfect excuse to take a trip to the country.
It’s the perfect blend of doing city break things, and watching live football. What more could you ask for?
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Opening just last month, the Stade Olympique d’Ebimpé is set to host both the opening ceremony and the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
It’s jumped up the ranks and become one of the most modern stadiums in Africa, and will be a spectacle to behold at full capacity…hopefully.
Berlin’s Olympiastadion is a seriously unique spectacle | Jan-Philipp Burmann/Getty Images
Three-time Euro winners Germany are hardly short of stadiums, meaning Euro 2024 is set to become the trip for the stadium enthusiasts, and beer fans.
Hertha BSC’s Olympiastadion is tipped to host the final of the competition. With a capacity of almost 75,000 and some incredible architecture, it’s one that many would love to attend.
Wembley will host the 2024 Champions League final | NICK POTTS/Getty Images
The only stadium to make it onto the list twice, Wembley returns in 2024 to satisfy the domestic game and crown the winner of the Champions League.
It last hosted the Champions League final in 2013, where an all-German affair saw Bayern Munich edge past Borussia Dortmund.
The incredible MetLife stadium will host the 2026 World Cup final | Al Bello/Getty Images
Football returns to the USA in 2026 and we’re in for a treat. If anyone knows how to well and truly overdo it, it’s the Americans.
The 2026 World Cup is guaranteed to be a spectacle and will culminate in the spectacular MetLife stadium in New Jersey.
The stadium is home to the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants but regularly hosts football matches, and has even hosted WrestleMania twice. It promises to be one massive party.