FAN ZONES: SOME FIGURES (UEFA Euro 2012)
Following the success of Fan Zones during UEFA Euro 2008, the experiment was repeated in the eight cities hosting the UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Impressive crowds flocked to these Fan Zones; some even had to be expanded to accommodate the large numbers of visitors.
A little over seven million fans took advantage of these official zones with some 539,000 viewers watching the final.
Some 400,000 people were counted in the Fan Zones every day during the group stage. This popularity was due to the entertainment programme, activities for fans of all ages and the food and drink stands.
The biggest event took place after most of the visiting fans had already returned home.
WHERE WILL THE FAN ZONE BE LOCATED IN NICE IN 2016?
The Fan Zone will be open during the 31 days of the competition.
It will be located in the very heart of the city for two reasons: first, the site’s exceptional setting and, second, its proximity to Cours Saleya, a ‘natural historic fan zone’ in Old Nice.
The Fan Zone will be structured around two structures:
- An area for screening matches
Located in the Albert Ier garden and its open-air theatre, it will be identical to the Nice Jazz Festival, with two giant screens, one with a 77m²/830ft² surface area.
It will be able to accommodate approximately 10,000 fans for each match.
The Fan Zone will be open from 1pm till midnight, at least 15 days out of the total 31, to cover a minimum of 23 of the 51 matches shown on the screens: matches featuring the French national team, those played in Nice, and all matches starting with the quarterfinals.
- An activity area on Quai des États-Unis
The presence of UEFA and local partners in the Fan Zone will contribute to running the activity and social programme. To date, UEFA has disclosed the names of 13 sponsors, many of which will be present in the Fan Zone in Nice.
The programme will obviously include football-related activities, digital activities, beach soccer, foot-volley, and much, much more…
Also present on the site: :
- restaurant services
- hospitality areas
- a media area for journalists from all over the world
Around the Fan Zone, all necessary measures will be taken for:
- transport, with a specific line between the Fan Zone and Stadium on match days
- safety and security, where all the required relevant units will be ready to ensure that the site is safe, secure and festive: nearly 120 private security agents to secure the site, and a counting system at access points with body searches and frisking and scanning devices and a fire emergency system.