On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that UEFA
EURO 2020 will be postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The announcement was made to the 12 European cities hosting the European
Football Championship to mark its 60th anniversary.
The announcement kicked off an intense
process of assessing the City of Copenhagen’s possibility of hosting the
planned four matches during UEFA EURO 2020 in the summer of 2021, as the City
had already planned to host the Grand Départ of Tour de France on 2 July 2021.
Initially, it was necessary to clarify
various practical matters as there are only a few days between the last
European Football Championship match at Telia Parken and the presentation of
the Tour de France teams. Thereafter, an
agreement had to be made on the allocation of rights in relation to visibility,
the use of Copenhagen, etc.
Fortunately, on 7 May 2020, the City of Copenhagen
could report ready for UEFA EURO 2020 in 2021.
Horten has advised the City of Copenhagen
on the legal overlaps between the two mega sports events and has assisted with
finding solutions and negotiating agreements with UEFA, DBU and A.S.O.
Tour de France will start in Denmark in 2021