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Old Trafford to host Euro 2021 opening match

With interest in the Lionesses at an all-time high in the modern era, the FA have elected to push the barrier and use [74,879 seater] Old Trafford as the venue for the opening match of Euro 2021.

As women’s football has been on a steady rise over the last few years, the 2019 World Cup seemed like a turning point and although the stadia used in France were modest capacities – in relation to previous Women’s World Cups – the sport has moved a little bit more into the mainstream. With the Dutch still entirely enamoured with their national team following on from the 2017 Euros in the Netherlands, the FA are keen to have their own successful summer that permanently changes the landscape of the game in England.

Having pulled a crowd of 77,768 for England’s rain-soaked friendly against Germany last November, it’s safe to say, “If you build it, they will come.

When speaking on the news, Nadine Kessler, UEFA’s Head of Women’s Football said, “This Euros will be ground-breaking from start to finish. To kick-off at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ in Manchester, and to have the final at the iconic Wembley Stadium shows just how far the game has come. This is what women’s football deserves. To play in such stadia is what you strive for – as a player, coach, referee and a fan. I am so happy for everyone who will have the opportunity to experience this.

Will England confirmed to play their group matches as St Mary’s in Southampton (32,000 capacity) and Brighton’s AMEX Stadium (30,000 capacity), the Football Association are banking on home fans heading to the south coast to cheer on their national team. The overall feel that the 2021 European Championships are going to be the best and biggest ever, the final at 89,000 capacity Wembley hoping to far surpass the current record for a Women’s Euro’s match (the Euro 2013 final between Germany and Norway that saw 41,301 fans fill the Friends Arena in Solna).

Holding the opening match at Old Trafford will of course, be extra special for England coach who on the announcement said, “It doesn’t get much bigger than managing your country at a home Euros and to have the opportunity to do so at a stadium that holds so many memories for me is huge. Old Trafford has a special place in my heart, but it is also one of the country’s most iconic football grounds, so today’s announcement is a significant one for the tournament.”

Just another 500 sleeps to go…!

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