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A UEFA Elite Stadium is a stadium which meets the 'Elite' criteria laid out in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations.[1] Using these regulations, stadiums are rated as Category 1, 2, 3 or Elite (in ascending ranking order). These categories replaced the previous method of ranking stadiums as 4 or 5 star in 2006. A stadium must be categorised as Elite to host the final of the UEFA Champions League[2] or the UEFA Europa League,[3] UEFA's two premier club competitions. Exceptions are allowed, but only in an exclusive situation the final decision to which will be carried out by the UEFA Executive Committee.

Criteria

Some of the main criteria must be met are:

Elite
  • Stadiums must be all-seated and have a minimum capacity of 30,000 with 22,500 to be covered
  • The playing surface dimensions must be 105 metres in length and 68 metres in width and entirely fence-free
  • The playing surface must either be natural turf or FIFA-licensed artificial turf
  • The substitute benches must seat at least 13 people
  • The dressing rooms must seat at least 25 people
  • There should also be a separate Delegate's Room, Doping Station and First Aid Room
  • Stadiums must have CCTV both inside and outside and a 'Security Control Room'
  • Must provide seating for at least 1500 VIPs, 200 visiting team VIP and 400 sq.m. of a hospitality area
  • The floodlights must light the pitch to an illuminance of at least 1400 lux towards fixed cameras and 1000 lux towards mobile cameras
  • There must be at least three TV studios within the Stadium with dimensions 5X5X2.3 m
  • In case of power failure, independent back-up power supply to provide equivalent light intensity without interruption
  • Minimum of 150 VIP secured parking and 400 buses in the vicinity of the stadium
  • No standing spectators allowed
Category 3
  • Stadiums must be all-seated and have a minimum capacity of 3,000
  • The playing surface dimensions must be 105 metres in length and 68 metres in width
  • Stadiums must have CCTV both inside and outside and a 'Security Control Room'
  • Must provide seating for at least 750 VIPs and 200 visiting team VIP
  • The floodlights must light the pitch to an illuminance of at least 1200-1400 lux towards fixed cameras and 800-1000 lux towards mobile cameras
  • There must be at least two TV studios within the Stadium with dimensions 5X5X2.3 m
  • In case of power failure, independent back-up power supply to provide equivalent light intensity without interruption
  • Minimum of 150 VIP secured parking and 400 buses in the vicinity of the stadium
  • No standing spectators allowed
Category 2
  • Stadiums must be all-seated and have a minimum capacity of 3,000
  • The playing surface dimensions must be 100-110 metres in length and 64-75 metres in width
  • Stadiums must have a 'Security Control Room'
  • Must provide seating for at least 400 VIPs and 200 visiting team VIP
  • The floodlights must light the pitch to an illuminance of at least 800-1400 lux towards fixed cameras and 500-1000 lux towards mobile cameras
  • There must be at least two TV studios within the Stadium with dimensions 5X5X2.3 m
  • In case of power failure, independent back-up power supply to provide no less than two-thirds of the equivalent light intensity without interruption
  • Minimum of 100 VIP secured parking
  • No standing spectators allowed
Category 1
  • Stadiums must be all-seated and have a minimum capacity of 200 in a grandstand
  • The playing surface dimensions must be 100-110 metres in length and 64-75 metres in width
  • Must provide seating for at least 50 VIPs and 20 visiting team VIP
  • The floodlights must light the pitch to an illuminance of at least 800-1400 lux towards fixed cameras and 500-1000 lux towards mobile cameras
  • There must be at least a single TV studios within the Stadium.
  • In case of power failure no restriction
  • Minimum of 20 VIP secured parking
  • Standing spectators allowed


Also the UEFA delegate after consultation with the main assigned referee will call for the retractable roof if the weather will cause any obstacles for the upcoming game to take place.

Although the minimum stadium capacity for Elite categorisation is 30,000, no stadium with a capacity less than 40,000 has been selected to host a UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League) Final and no stadium with a capacity less than 60,000 has been selected to host a UEFA Champions League Final, since these regulations were introduced in 2006.

After the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final UEFA President Michel Platini stated that he wanted European Cup finals to be held at stadiums with an average capacity of 70,000, to solve security issues.[4] Both the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and Wembley Stadium, hosts for the 2010 and 2011 Champions League finals, have capacities greater than 70,000,and so does the Stadio Olimpico in Rome which hosted the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final and the Allianz Arena, hosting the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, holds 66,000 spectators.

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