With FIFA 20 confirmed at E3 2019, community attentions have already switched to the FIFA 20 stadiums list. As explained in our FIFA 19 stadiums guide, the reasons for this are more than cosmetic – each stadium has unique lighting, shadow and shading effects, which can be a significant difference maker in online play.
As a result, GamesRadar will be keeping tabs on all FIFA 20 stadiums as they’re confirmed, and in the process update this feature regularly. As a starting point we’ve provided seven potential new grounds below, with Sheffield United, Lyon and Benfica all certainties to be added even if EA hasn’t outright stated as much. If they surprise us with a couple of Russian stadia from the FIFA World Cup 2018 DLC, even better.
Bramall Lane (confirmed)
This one’s easy. Since FIFA 15, EA’s official tie-in with the Premier League has seen every promoted club have their stadium added to the series. We therefore know with absolute certainty that Sheffield United’s famous home patch, built in 1855, is in. Why no similar fanfare about Norwich City or Aston Villa, you might well ask? Because both Carrow Road and Villa Park are still in the game from those clubs’ last top-flight spells.
Image by Hawksworthm (wikipedia).
Stade de Lyon (rumoured)
Lyon’s move away from Stade Gerland in 2016 saw the treasured old ground removed from subsequent FIFA games – and until this year EA had never seen fit to include its replacement. That should change once the FIFA 20 stadiums list emerges. Stade de Lyon is the host stadium for the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, and as a result EA added it to FIFA 19 as free DLC. Re-skin a few ad hoardings and it’ll surely take its rightful place in FIFA 20.
Estadio da Luz (rumoured)
Earlier this year, with little fanfare, the EA Sports logo appeared at the foot of Benfica’s homepage. It’s been there ever since. Then in June the club dropped a short video which again hinted at an official partnership. If that’s the case – rather than a wayward community manager trying to bag himself a free copy of next year’s game – then Estadio da Luz is a certainty for FIFA 20. It holds 65,000 and, having been there myself for Euro 2004 (don’t mention Zidane!) is one of the most beautiful stadiums on the planet.
Image by Florent Dusonchet (wikipedia).
According to German football mag Heimspeil - via fifaultimateteam.it - EA’s face-scanning squadron were in Freiburg earlier this year to scan the club’s players, such as Nils Petersen, Vincenzo Grifo, and Jerome Gondorf. And if you’re going all that way to get a few headshots, you might as well capture the stadium while in town, right? The Schwarzwald-Stadion has a capacity of 24,000 and would take FIFA 20’s German contingent up to four. Or perhaps even more…
Image by Markus Unger (wikipedia).
Last summer, a German twitter poster leaked what was purported to be the official stadium list for FIFA 19. That list turned out to be shockingly accurate – for the most part. Because one ground listed which didn’t make the final game was Hoffenheim’s 30,000 home stadium in Baden-Württemberg, not all that far away from Freiburg. Could Rhein-Neckar-Arena make the FIFA 20 stadiums list instead? Rumours of a full Bundesliga scan would suggest a resounding ‘yes’.
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Kaliningrad Stadium (wanted)
Last year EA Canada did a pitch-perfect job of scanning all 12 official stadia for its 2018 FIFA World Cup DLC – only to lose the official Russian Premier League license to PES. Goodbye forever, beautiful Russian stadia. Expect perhaps not. Four of the grounds included belong to clubs who play outside of the Russian top division, meaning EA could do club-specific deals and reinsert them – and their pretty surroundings – to the game. Those locales are Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Mordovia Arena, Volgograd Arena, and Kaliningrad Stadium.
Turk Telekom Stadium (wanted)
The FIFA community loves a poll. So do I. And while my most wanted stadium in FIFA 20 would be one of the Scottish big two (Celtic Park or Ibrox), that’s not its fanbase’s first choice. Nor is it stadium of a sleeping English giant, such as Elland Road, Hillsborough or the City Ground. Nope: the honour goes to Türk Telekom Stadium, home of Galatasaray. Appropriately so, too. With a capacity of 52,000 it’s known as one of the noisiest, most intimidating grounds in football, and would be a fine addition to the FIFA 20 stadiums list.
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FIFA 20 is released for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch on 27 September. For further reading check out our FIFA 20 confirmed features rundown.