It’s almost time for Euro 2020, with the tournament beginning on June 11, when Turkey face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The game kicks-off at 8pm in the UK, with fans finally getting a glimpse of the competition that was originally scheduled to happen last year.
The reason for the delay of Euro 2020 was, of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus caused havoc with sporting events around the world, and this summer’s tournament was no different.
However, the tournament has finally got the go ahead and the delay could very well be worth it, with England and France joint-favourites to lift the prestigious trophy on July 11.
All 24 countries have named their 26-player squads, with some of the world’s best set to take to the pitch for the month-long competition.
Most of the nations have had a couple of warm-up games before competing in the tournament, with England recently beating Austria 1-0.
Despite some good performances from members of the Three Lions’ squad, Liverpool ’s Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an unfortunate thigh injury, which has ruled him out of the competition.
The 22-year-old was one of four right-backs selected by Gareth Southgate, with Brighton centre-back, Ben White named as his replacement.
But before all that, we do naturally have the event’s curtain raiser, the opening ceremony, which is set to be held at the famous Colosseum, according to Wanted in Rome .
The website claims a concert will be held at the venue with world-renowned musicians and a big screen to broadcast the event at Largo Corrado Ricci, opposite the Roman Forum.
It also notes that no musicians for the event have been announced yet.
They do however mention how a “football village” is due to be constructed in Piazza del Popolo so fans can watch matches from the tournament on a big screen.
The Stadio Olympico won’t just play host to the opening game of the competition, it will also be the venue for Italy’s Group A fixture with Switzerland on June 16 and the Blues’ game with Wales four days later.
Alongside group-stage matches, the stadium will also host the third of four quarter-finals fixtures.
The Italian government has added more features to the Stadio Olympico in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. According to UEFA’s website , 800 hand sanitiser stations will be in the ground as well as cashless purchases and frequent cleaning of the venue.
When is the Euro 2020 opening ceremony?
The opening ceremony of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament will take place on June 11.
What time and how to watch the Euro 2020 opening ceremony?
The ceremony will be televised on BBC One for free, with coverage from 7pm BST.
The game between Turkey and Italy kick-off at 8pm.
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