The change within the Bavarian capital had become necessary because the SAP Garden arena, which is still under construction, will not be completed until spring 2024 at the earliest. Munich will be the sporting home of the preliminary round groups C and F from 11 to 16 January 2024. Iceland is seeded for Group C (assuming qualification); world champions Denmark, already qualified as third at EURO 2022, lead the field in Group F.
"Munich will be an epicentre of the EHF EURO 2024," says Mark Schober, CEO of the German Handball Federation. "We fondly remember the enthusiasm at the 2019 World Championships, and with the European Championships, Munich has just secured a place in the hearts of sports fans from all over the world once again. I would like to thank both the EHF and the Olympic Park Munich for the cooperative discussions surrounding the change of location."
"The Olympic Hall is the perfect addition to the already confirmed arenas for the Men's EHF EURO 2024," says EHF Secretary General Martin Hausleitner. "Starting with the 1972 Olympic Games and most recently at the 2019 World Handball Championship, this hall has been the venue for many outstanding handball matches. I am very confident that we will once again see top handball in front of a grandiose backdrop in Munich in January 2024."
"The enthusiasm and fairness of the people of Munich is simply unique - regardless of which of the many world, European and national championships or sporting events in the last 50 years," explains Marion Schöne, Managing Director of Olympic Park Munich. "Anyone who was present at the Handball World Cup 2019 or the European Championships in our anniversary year could experience this very special and impressive atmosphere. But not only that: at every sporting event, the Olympic Park with its halls, stadiums and facilities and its experienced team has been a guarantor of success. That's why I'm delighted that the DHB has confirmed the Olympic Hall as the venue for the EHF EURO and that we can once again celebrate an international handball festival with all our fans in January 2024."
Advance ticket sales for the EHF EURO 2024 already started in May and will now resume for Munich from 24 October. Tickets are available in all categories at www.heretoplay.com and www.eventim.de. The tickets purchased there for Munich so far, which were to be converted into seat-specific tickets at a later date anyway, will remain valid. The ticket service provider will proactively send the purchasers their tickets in the price category they have purchased.
In the first phase of the pre-sale, only ticket packages for the respective groups of all tournament phases will be available. The only exception is the opening match day in Düsseldorf: tickets for the aspired indoor world record on 10 January 2024 are already available in the cheapest category from 25 euros. Preliminary round matches of the German national team can be experienced live from 29 euros. Attractive discounts are available for families, clubs and other target groups from price category 3.
Munich's Olympic Hall is one of the most historic sports arenas in Germany. The first Olympic medals in indoor handball were played there in 1972. In 2019, the arena with a capacity of more than 12,000 spectators hosted a preliminary round group of the Men's World Championship and lived up to the slogan "Bavaria can play handball" with almost sold-out matches.
Germany's largest arenas will open their doors for the EHF EURO 2024: Berlin - Mercedes-Benz Arena (14,800), Hamburg - Barclays Arena (13,300), Cologne - LANXESS arena (19,250) as well as the now confirmed Olympic Hall Munich were already venues for the 2019 World Championship. Düsseldorf - MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA will be added with a multifunctional arena for the opening match with a capacity of more than 50,000 spectators as well as Mannheim with the SAP Arena (13,200). Further information: www.heretoplay.com