UEFA EURO 2016: all you need to know
For the first time in the history of the competition, 24 teams will be participating in the finals of UEFA EURO 2016. This year France will be hosting the tournament, the world’s third most popular sporting event. Around 15,000 journalists are expected to cover the contest. A total of 51 matches will be played between 10th June and 10th July, including 12 in and around Paris: 5 at the Parc des Princes and 7 at the Stade de France.
Take it to extra time at the Eiffel Tower fan zone
Live streamed matches on giant screens, concerts, games: experience UEFA EURO 2016 at the foot of the city’s most iconic landmark.
Fancy taking part in the action in Paris? Then check out our programme of events! On 9th June, the night before the inaugural match of EURO 2016, the official opening of the fan zone at the Eiffel Tower (7th) will include a free performance by David Guetta. Then it’s sport all the way until 10th July. All matches will be broadcast live on big screens, including on one of the world’s largest giant screens, a whopping 420m²!
With a maximum capacity of 92,000, the fan zone will be fully connected (Wi-Fi, social media access) and will be divided into different spaces. Visitors can grab a meal, watch one of the many matches organised in the fan zone (an international ladies’ football tournament, disabled football, efootball with ’Euro 2016 for Gamers’) and challenge fellow fans to a game of table football or FIFA16. If you want to get involved yourself, there are two football pitches for fans to play on.
Last but not least, there will also be two dedicated play zones for kids. And don’t forget to check out the ’Paris Pavilion’, the best place to find the latest informations and official souvenirs from the city’s own boutique. Particular care will be taken to recycle as much as possible.
Open from midday to midnight from 10th - 27th June, then 4pm to midnight from 30th June to 10th July. Free.
From 10th June to 10th July, streets are transformed into one giant football pitch. Let’s take a look at some of the events on offer.
Your chance to play football at the Gare Montparnasse (15th), or on the Place de la Bastille (11th)! Created especiallyfor EURO 2016, the Paris Sports Parc is an environmentally-friendly, free, mobile sports facility designed to give everyone the chance to play football. This travelling roadshow, run by the City of Paris, will host a mini football pitch and various footballrelated activities (snookball, freestyle football, teqball etc.)
Fun, practical, modular and original, the structure is designed to be reused. It will be re employed to promote future international sporting events hosted in Paris, starting with the Handball World Cup next January.
The Trophy on display at Gare du Nord
During the four weeks of the tournament, there will be a whole host of Euro-related activities taking place all over the city. If you missed its appearances at the Gare de Lyon (12th) and the Gare de Montparnasse (15th) in April, then make sure you don’t miss the last two stops of the Euro Trophy Tour train at the Gare du Nord (10th) on 8th June and Saint-Denis on the 9th. For the past two months, this specially-equipped museum-train has been travelling all over France, decked out in official Euro colours. Over 300 metres in length, this special train is comprised of twelve coaches including four carriages devoted to an exhibition of the Trophy and the history of the Euro, one carriage converted into a mobile recording studio for David Guetta, and a children’s carriage including memorabilia from every Euro mascot since 1980.
Between now and 10th July, the railings around Paris City Hall will play host to the photographic exhibition ’Footballing Legends: a European History’, a gallery of portraits from the L’Equipe newspaper focusing on 30 European footballers who left their mark on the history of the sport. Among these legendary players: Italy’s Roberto Baggio, Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, France’s own Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini and Éric Cantona, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Czech hero Antonin Panenka.
Paris gets sporty
This summer will be packed full of sporting events in the capital. Dates for your diary!
A summer full of sport! In addition to UEFA EURO 2016, the city will welcome thousands of tennis fans for Roland-Garros (16th) between 22nd May and 5th June, and of course the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées (8th) on 24th July. On 27th August, Paris will organize an international athletics meeting. The Climbing World Championship will be held at the Accorhotels Arena Bercy (12th) from 14th to 18th September.
In 2017, the city will host the World Men’s Handball Championship and, in September, the Ice Hockey World Championship. And there’s more to look forward to in 2018: the Gay Games, the Ryder Cup and the Women’s European Handball Championship, not to mention the Women’s Football World Cup in 2019. Last but certainly not least, Paris is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics. The aim is to make the most of existing infrastructures and iconic landmarks such as the Grand Palais (8th) and the Eiffel Tower (7th). The International Olympic Committee will reveal the host city in September 2017.
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