Update (Wednesday, 18 September): EA has now confirmed the complete FIFA 20 stadiums list, and Bramall Lane, Groupama Stadium, and ProZero Arena all make the cut – but there’s no place for Estadio da Luz or Turk Telekom Stadium. However, we’ve left them in the piece below in the hope of them appearing in FIFA 21. Scroll to the bottom for a full list of stadiums in this year’s game.
Original story (22 June): With FIFA 20 confirmed at E3 2019, community attentions switched to the FIFA 20 stadiums list. 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 a selection of potential new grounds below, with Sheffield United and Lyon certainties to be added even if EA hasn’t outright stated as much.
Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadi (confirmed)
Turkey’s national stadium doesn’t house a domestic club, but Basaksehir, Galatasaray, Sivasspor and Besiktas have all played home fixtures here at various points. It holds a special place in Liverpool fans’ hearts after hosting the most spectacular comeback in Champions League final history. You know: 3-3, Jerzy Dudek penalty hero, miracle of Istanbul… yeah, that one.
Red Bull Arena New Jersey (confirmed)
Two Red Bull Arenas make the FIFA 20 stadiums list: the New Jersey home of the New York Red Bulls, and the Leipzig base of – you’ve guessed it – RB Leipzig. This one opened in March 2010 and, with a capacity of 25,000, is the States’ third-biggest soccer-specific arena after Exploria Stadium (Orlando) and Providence Park (Portland).
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.
Groupama Stadium (confirmed)
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. Yet Groupama Stadium was the host location for the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, and as a result EA added it to FIFA 19 as free DLC. Re-skinned for Lyon, it now takes its rightful place in FIFA 20.
PreZero Arena (confirmed)
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. But one ground listed which didn’t make the final game was Hoffenheim’s 30,000 home stadium in Baden-Württemberg. Could PreZero Arena make the FIFA 20 stadiums list instead? Confirmation of a 13-club Bundesliga scan provides a resounding ‘yes’.
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? Apparently not – Schwarzwald-Stadion misses out this year. Boooo.
Estadio da Luz (wanted)
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 looks set 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.
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.