On July 2, a zone for public viewing of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship will open in the very heart of St. Petersburg on Palace Square. Fans will be able to watch the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final of the EURO 2020.
In addition to the fan zone on Konnyushennaya Square and in the Yubileiny Sports Palace, there will be another zone where people can watch EURO 2020 matches in St. Petersburg. On July 2-11 (quarterfinals on July 2 and 3, semifinals on July 6 and 7, and the final on July 11), Palace Square will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 people in total. The public viewing zone will open on the day of the first quarterfinals, one of which will be held in St. Petersburg at 16:00, three hours ahead of the first broadcast. The entrance to the venue will close 20 minutes before the end of the game. All visitors must wear face masks.
Anchors and the Bridges of Time special show will help fans to pass the time in a fascinating way: the broadcasts will be preceded by footage of some of the best historical moments of the tournament. One of the most memorable European Championship finals (1960, 1976, 1988, 1992, 2008) will be shown each day, around which the program will unfold. The presentation of the match includes a video clip that reproduces the report from each of the finals; a conversation with a fan zone visitor about the UEFA EURO 2020 matches; a quiz about the tournament; and musical numbers with St. Petersburg leading theater companies and performers such as the Saturday Theater and Olympic Brass Orchestra. Thus, on the day dedicated to the EURO 2008 final that was held in Vienna, works by Johann Strauss will be played, and the story of the EURO 1976 won by the national team of Czechoslovakia will be accompanied by a medley of Czechoslovakian pop songs.
"When organizing the EURO 2020 in St. Petersburg, we focused on the cultural presentation of our city. Opening a public viewing zone on Palace Square, near the walls of the State Hermitage, is another example of symbiosis between football and culture. The venue is designed so that fans can watch matches on a big screen along with an unusual program prepared by St. Petersburg performers," said Deputy Governor of St. Petersburg Boris Piotrovsky.
"Initially we planned on opening the public viewing zone on Palace Square starting from the quarterfinals. For fans, it will be a way to feel involved in EURO 2020 even after the last of the seven matches we were trusted with is held in St. Petersburg. I hope that the fan zone visitors will be able to get a feel of the festive atmosphere: of course, while complying with all the necessary restrictions due to the pandemic," added General Director of the EURO 2020 Organizing Committee in St. Petersburg Alexei Sorokin.
Information for journalists working at the venue:
Journalists can access the public viewing zone on Palace Square from Millionnaya Street. Accreditation of the UEFA EURO 2020 Fan Festival is necessary (journalists received it to work in the Football Village on Konnyushennaya Square). Those with accreditation do not have to get any additional accreditation.
Journalists with UEFA or Host City Media Center accreditation will be able to pick up accreditation badges to work on Palace Square at 5 Griboyedova Channel Embankment, St. Petersburg Business Center, office 316. Host City Media Center badge or UEFA accreditation must be provided to receive accreditation. The office is open every day from 9:00 to 21:00.
If you do not have UEFA or Host City Media Center accreditation, please apply at https://acc.fanzone.spb.ru. Badges are issued after 3-5 days as of the registration and application.
If you have any question on applying and receiving accreditation badges, please call: +7 931 009 5079.
Contact for the media: Yevgenia Zaslavskaya, UEFA EURO 2020 Fan Festival press secretary, +7 921 919 8200.
The festival's official website: https://fanzone.spb.ru/en/
Please remember that everybody visiting the public viewing zone on Palace Square must wear a face mask.
The UEFA EURO 2020 started on June 11 and will finish on July 11, 2021 and involves 11 European cities, including St. Petersburg with seven matches: three group stage matches from groups B and E (E group matches were moved here from Dublin) as well as a quarterfinal scheduled for July 2.