Wembley Stadium in London was chosen to host the semifinals and final of soccer’s European Championship in 2020.

European soccer’s ruling body UEFA picked the 90,652-seat facility over Munich’s Football Arena, which will stage a quarterfinal and some of the group games. Rome, St. Petersburg and Baku will also host quarterfinals.

Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow will stage round-of-16 games, and some of the group games. UEFA executives picked the cities from 19 candidates, and the results were announced today in Geneva.

The national-team championship, normally in one country, will be staged across Europe in 13 cities to spread the cost of the event, and give smaller countries the chance to host the tournament.

A cross-border event removes the need for nations to build new stadiums at a time when the public finances of some European nations are stretched, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said on UEFA.com.

Portugal spent 600 million euros ($773 million) on stadiums for Euro 2004, with many of them now half-empty for league games. Smaller clubs have struggled to pay the maintenance costs to run them.

The next edition of the championship is in France in 2016.

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