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Source: Russia Ministry of Sport

Today, June 11, in St. Petersburg, the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Oleg Matytsin took part in a press conference dedicated to the official opening of the press center for the UEFA European Football Championship EURO 2020 in St. Petersburg and the official start of the tournament. The event was also attended by the Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Boris Piotrovsky and the General Director of the EURO 2020 Organizing Committee in St. Petersburg Alexey Sorokin.

By video link, the guests and participants of the press conference were greeted by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko.

“The City Press Center of the European Championship will become a place of attraction for more than 500 journalists who plan to cover what is happening in the city and at the stadium. We were all looking forward to this sporting event. The city is ready to host the tournament. Despite the restrictions, over 150 thousand people will be able to visit the arena in seven matches, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

“During the Championship there will be three fan zones in St. Petersburg. They will be visited by tens of thousands of people – Petersburgers and guests of the beautiful city. But it will not only be in St. Petersburg to root for our team and watch the matches of the best teams in Europe. Fan zones will open in almost 20 cities throughout Russia. For almost a month, the whole world will live in great football. We will follow the play of the best footballers of the continent, we will see excellent matches, great goals and chances, ”said the Deputy Prime Minister.

Seven matches of the European Championship will take place in St. Petersburg – six games of the group round and one meeting of the quarterfinals of the tournament. On June 12, a match between the national teams of Russia and Belgium will take place at the “St. Petersburg” arena.

“I would like to thank the Organizing Committee, the Government of St. Petersburg, all residents of the city, as well as all departments that have been and remain active participants in the preparation process for the European Championship. Almost every day in preparation, we interacted with Rospotrebnadzor, realizing that health remains the top priority in any event, especially as large as the European Championship, ”said Oleg Matytsin.

“All guarantees were provided by the Government of the Russian Federation, all of them were fulfilled. Numerous UEFA inspection visits to St. Petersburg did not reveal any possible risks. The Organizing Committee team was involved in organizing the 2018 World Cup and has a lot of experience. All the issues that arose thanks to this experience and close interaction with the Government of St. Petersburg were promptly resolved, ”the Minister noted.

Oleg Matytsin also expressed gratitude to UEFA for the fruitful cooperation in preparing for the tournament: “I would like to thank UEFA for their trust and constructive dialogue. This trust suggests that the level of professional work and interaction meets the highest standards. “

All the facilities of the European Championship in St. Petersburg, including the stadium where the matches will be held, are in full readiness. “The stadium is ready, as are the fan zones, training grounds, everything related to logistics, entry, admission to the arena by FAN ID. All issues are under control, ”Oleg Matytsin said.

Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the stadium can only be half full. “It’s a pity that the stadium’s occupancy rate will be only 50%. But as they say, the glass can be half full or half empty. Let’s rejoice that, despite the challenging conditions, the stadium will be half full. Moreover, due to additional fan zones in 11 cities of the country, the number of fans in Russia will increase a hundredfold, ”the Minister noted.

Oleg Matytsin wished the Russian team good luck at the European Championship: “I met with the team two days ago. The guys are in a fighting mood, and we will understand the degree of readiness from tomorrow’s game with the Belgians. But I hope that the Day of Russia, which we will all celebrate tomorrow, will infuse our players with additional energy. “

Alexey Sorokin, General Director of the EURO 2020 Organizing Committee in St. Petersburg, emphasized that in preparation for EURO 2020, all the nuances and experience of the 2018 World Cup were taken into account.

“At the end of April, St. Petersburg received the right to host additional EURO 2020 matches, largely based on Russia’s successful hosting of the World Cup. The federal government and the city administration did their best to hold the tournament at the highest level: foreign ticket holders are provided with visa-free entry, fans are guaranteed free travel on match days using Fan ID. Each game will be able to be attended by 30,500 people, which is 50% of the stadium capacity. Everything has been done in the arena for the safety and health of the guests. Wearing masks, maintaining social distance, chess seating in the stands are mandatory. All employees of the Organizing Committee, volunteers, stewards undergo regular PCR testing, ”noted Aleksey Sorokin.

The European Football Championship will be held from June 11 to July 11. For the first time in history, the tournament will take place on the territory of ten states and 11 cities. Apart from St. Petersburg, Euro matches will be hosted by London, Rome, Munich, Baku, Budapest, Seville, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Copenhagen. St. Petersburg will host two matches with the participation of the Russian national team – with Belgium (June 12) and Finland (June 16), as well as games Poland – Slovakia (June 14), Sweden – Slovakia (June 18), Finland – Belgium ( June 21), Sweden – Poland (June 23) and one of the quarterfinals of the tournament (July 2).

Press service of the Ministry of Sports of Russia

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation from Russian Language to English.

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