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UEFA praised St. Petersburg’s readiness to host European Championship
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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) praised the St. Petersburg’s readiness to host matches of the European Football Championship, which will be held in the summer of 2020. The last inspection visit of the UEFA delegation began on February 4, TASS reports.
Andreas Schär, the head of operations at UEFA facilities, recalled that the St. Petersburg stadium, which will host four Euro 2020 matches, received approval from all authorities before the 2018 World Cup, which was held in Russia. Mr. Schär announced the stadium’s full readiness for the European Championship and called the work that is being carried out now the “final setup”.
The UEFA representative also noted the good readiness of St. Petersburg to host teams and fans. The city administration expects that about a million people will become guests of St. Petersburg during the championship, about the same number of fans the city received during the World Cup. In addition to the stadium, the fans' focus will be the fan zones on the Palace and Konyushennaya squares, where it will be possible to watch the tournament games on large screens.
Three matches of the group tournament will be held in St. Petersburg, the Russian national team will take part in two of them. The city will also host one of the quarter-final games. Euro 2020 will be held for the first time in 12 cities of Europe, to honor the 60th anniversary of the tournament. In the post-Soviet space, championship matches will be hosted by St. Petersburg and Baku.