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24 June 2021

About 110,000 fans visit Saint Petersburg Stadium for EURO 2020 group stage matches

About 110,000 fans visit Saint Petersburg Stadium for EURO 2020 group stage matches

The Host City Media Center summed up the results of the EURO 2020 group stage matches. As Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin noted, about 110,000 fans have attended the matches at the stadium to date. The minister specified that the match between Russia and Belgium was the most popular and was attended by more than 26,000 people.

"All these figures certainly show the great scale and work that has been accomplished by the organizing committee," the minister said.

Matytsin also said that FAN ID has proven its efficiency. In total, more than 132,000 FAN IDs were issued, 90,000 of them to Russian fans.

In turn, Alexei Sorokin, general director of the EURO 2020 Local Organizing Committee, noted the efficient operation of the e-ticketing system.

"For the first time in our lives we have e-tickets that are activated on the outskirts of the stadium. We have no complaints about how this system is working," Sorokin said.

In addition, Sorokin noted the quality of the field at the stadium in St. Petersburg, which managed to withstand the rather intense load of the group stage matches.

"We had a certain concern, which we did not hide — this is a huge load on the stadium, on the field. But here we are grateful to our experts for making everything work brilliantly," Sorokin said.

He emphasized that the scheduled quarter-final match in St. Petersburg will certainly take place, and warned against trusting rumors about the transfer of the match to another city.

"We have all the assurances from our UEFA colleagues that the configuration of the tournament will not change and everything will be as scheduled. Indeed, at some stage, someone misunderstood someone else, and this gave rise to some rumors, but I assure you that everything is absolutely according to plan, we are preparing for the quarterfinal match, no one is taking anything from anyone, no changes, moreover, it would be rather late to do this," Sorokin assured.

He also urged fans to follow the UEFA ticket website for possible tickets for the quarter-final match in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Boris Piotrovsky said that the tournament in the city is being held in compliance with all the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor and appropriate security measures.

"We are trying to respond urgently to all threats, so that the championship is safe for residents, spectators and football players. You know, we have reduced the number of people permitted in the Fan Zone from 5,000 to 3,000. The condition for staying in the Fan Zone — I insist that this is precisely the condition for staying in the Fan Zone — is wearing masks," Piotrovsky said.

The St. Petersburg Deputy Governor added that guests coming to EURO 2020 from other countries undergo PCR testing.

"Many people even undergo PCR testing, including upon arrival in St. Petersburg, and already at the border, they are additionally checked by Rospotrebnadzor," Piotrovsky said.

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