In the midst of the of the scandal surrounding slush funds and bribery during the German bid for the World Cup 2006, the City of Munich is probing if there is any potential for savings in the City’s budget regarding the UEFA EURO 2020. Munich’s Allianz Arena is set to host four matches of the European football championship, whose semi-final and the final match will take place at London’s Wembley stadium.
Munich also competed for the most attractive matches, but withdrew eying the UEFA EURO 2024.Matches of the Championship will also be played in Baku (Azerbaijan), Rome (Italy), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium) and Glasgow.
The City has planned costs of 11.3 million Euros for the organisation, promoting the City, a fan zone outside the stadium with free public-viewing, advertising within Munich and other promotion and costs as agreed with UEFA. 1.9 million Euros are planned for an Organisational Committee for Munich where it is planned to employ 6.5 people in the period from 2016 until 2020.
But the actual cost for Munich will in the end be much higher than the planned 11.3 million, since questions about who (Munich, the Free State of Bavaria or the Federal budget) will pay for costs for firemen, security and a host of other services are still unanswered.