Tournament Organizers believe the Man City Academy stadium will generate a lively atmosphere at the Women’s Euro 2022. Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir believes that the use of the stadium is disrespectful to women’s football. Only 4,700 fans will be able to attend the games during the matches at the stadium as the use of the standing terraces is not allowed. The venue will host three group games including Iceland’s matches against Belgium and Italy.
“Manchester City Academy is not a training ground. It is the official home stadium of Manchester City Women’s Football Club,” the Women’s Euro 2022 organizers said about the use of the Man City stadium. “It has been used previously for UEFA Women’s Champions League fixtures and will generate a great atmosphere worthy of a Women’s Euro. Iceland’s two opening fixtures have sold out, alongside five other Euro 2022 fixtures, which highlights the huge level of interest in the tournament already.”
“We believe that with two of the biggest football stadiums in England (Old Trafford and Wembley), four venues with a capacity of 30,000 or more, two venues over 10,000 and two stadiums under 10,000, the right mix of stadiums has been chosen to provide the tournament with a platform to fulfill its potential,” the statement added. “We are confident that many matches will be sold out and are looking forward to more than doubling the total attendance of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and delivering the best ever UEFA Women’s Euro.”