UEFA stadium categories

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UEFA stadium categories are categories for football stadiums laid out in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations.[1] Using these regulations, stadiums are rated as category one, two, three, or elite (in order going up). These categories replaced the old method of ranking stadiums as four or five 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] These are UEFA's two top club competitions.

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Criteria Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
Field of play 100 to 105 m long, 64 to 68 m wide 105 m long, 68 m wide
Minimum size of referee's dressing room n/a 20 m2
Minimum floodlighting to suit broadcaster 800 lux, to fixed cameras 1400 lux, to fixed cameras 1400 lux, all directions
VIP parking 20 50 100 150
Spectator standing allowed yes no
Minimum Seated capacity 200 1,500 4,500 8,000
Minimum total VIP seats 50 100 250 500
VIP seats for visiting team 10 20 50 100
VIP hospitality area n/a 400 m2
Minimum media working area 50 m2 100 m2 for 50 people 200 m2 for 75 people
Minimum number of photographers n/a 15 25
Minimum space for main camera platform 4 m2 for at least 1 camera 6 m2 for 2 cameras 10 m2 for 4 cameras
Minimum number of seats in the press box 20, 5 with desks 20, 10 with desks 50, 25 with desks 100, 50 with desks
Minimum number of commentary positions 2 3 5 25
Minimum number of TV studios 1 room that can be converted 1 2 2, at least 1 with a view of the pitch
Minimum post-match interview positions n/a 4
Minimum outside broadcast van area 100 m2 200 m2 1,000 m2
Minimum number of seats in press conference room at least 1 30 50 75

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