UPDATE FROM March 17, 2020:
Due to the spread of coronavirus, the UEFA committee decided to postpone EURO 2020 by 12 months — until summer 2021.
In summer 2020 Saint Petersburg will host four EURO 2020 matches. All fans of European football are welcome to follow EURO 2020 in Russia!
As you probably know, all big football events are not just about sport. They also include a variety of activities so that we could enjoy the tournaments in a better way.
Let’s see what’s waiting for us in summer 2020 in St Petersburg.
What Is EURO 2020?
For the first time in its history, the European Football Championship will be held in more than one or even two countries. Matches will be hosted by 12 cities in different countries: Rome, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, London, Glasgow, Bilbao, Dublin, Munich, Baku, and Budapest.
EURO 2020 matches start on the 12th of June and finish on the 12th of July 2020.
‘Stadio Olimpico’ in Rome will host the opening match of EURO 2020. Semifinals and the final will be played at legendary London’s ‘Wembley’.
Buy tickets and get more info at the official UEFA EURO 2020 site
Fans of the UEFA EURO 2020 will be able to come to Russia with a personalized Fan ID card with NO VISA.
EURO 2020 In St Petersburg: Krestovsky Stadium
St Petersburg is the only Russian city that will proudly host EURO 2020 games. More precisely, 4 matches of the tournament will be held in the city on the Neva:
- 3 group stage games (on June 13, 17 and 22)
- 1 quarter-final ( on July 3).
All matches in St Petersburg will be held at the Krestovsky Stadium, known as Gazprom Arena.
Saint Petersburg is mostly known for its imperial palaces, museums, UNESCO heritage, and other historical staff.
However, there are other places worth seeing in our city. And Krestovsky Stadium on Krestovsky Island is one of them!
Krestovsky Stadium opened in the spring of 2017. The project of the stadium was made by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, and it’s called ‘The Spaceship’.
The stadium is insanely beautiful! ❤ More precisely, the stadium itself and its surroundings. It is situated in a huge park on the shore of the Finland Gulf.
Just imagine: you exit Krestovsky Island metro station and you enter a big park. You slowly walk down a wide alley and enjoy the sweet smell of blooming lindens. You pass by fountains and small lakes… Then you suddenly see a huge spaceship right in front of you!
After that, you pass the gates of the stadium, go up the stairs… and enjoy another breathtaking view: Finland Gulf and cruise liners in the port… Well, it’s better to see once than hear one hundred times!
In 2018 Krestovsky Stadium hosted the World Cup matches. I hope everyone who visited St Petersburg during that time, enjoyed the city and the stadium too.
Cultural Program During EURO 2020 In St Petersburg
EURO 2020 is not only about sport. During the tournament, there will be a special entertainment program — the UEFA Festival. As stated on the site of EURO 2020, ‘the UEFA Festival in St. Petersburg is 31 days of fun, art, culture, music and most importantly — football!’
In 2020, St Petersburg will have 2 fan zones, not only the usual one.
Firstly, there will be Football Village on Konyushennaya Square. This is an open-air square where fans will have the opportunity to watch all the matches of EURO 2020 live.
Secondly, there’ll be a Fan Zone on Palace Square, the main square of St Petersburg. Fans will be able to watch all the games played at St Petersburg’s stadium + all play-off matches (from June 27).
Football Village On Konyushennaya Square
From June 12 to July 12, all football fans may visit Football Village. The Village will be situated in the historical centre of St Petersburg — on Konyushennaya Square. This is where we’ll be able to watch all the matches of EURO 2020 on a huge screen.
The entrance to Football Village will be free. Pay attention, that for entering the Village, people have to go through security checkpoints. During the World Cup 2018, it was forbidden to bring alcohol and glass bottles to the Football Village. I suppose that the same requirements will be applied during EURO 2020.
But don’t be afraid to get thirsty or hungry while watching football on Konyushennaya Square. Local open-air cafes will offer you a variety of food and drinks. Water, tea, beer, French fries, hot dogs, blini, ice-cream — there’ll be plenty of tasty food for adults and children.
If you want to watch one of the games at Football Village, come to the Village in advance. Konyushennaya Square can accommodate a restricted number of visitors. Thus, from time to time it can be closed for entrance — to avoid excessive crowding.
Entertainment program of Football Village will include:
- Concerts and performances
- Entertainment program for children and adults
- Competitions, contests and other football-related events
- Football on the big screen: live broadcasting of all matches of EURO 2020.
Fan Zone On Palace Square
Fan Zone is the older sister of Football Village.
EURO 2020 Fan Zone will be located on the most beautiful squares of St Petersburg — Palace Square. As for me, this is the most gorgeous place for watching football!
Organizers of Fan Zone estimate up to 25 000 fans to come to the square each day! That is not surprising as the festive atmosphere and giant screens will take place in the typical St. Petersburg landscape: palaces, monuments, and embankments.
By the way, do you know that the whole historical centre of St Petersburg is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list? Beauty, history, and football — what a great mix it will be! 🙂
Reasons to visit Fan Zone:
- Fan Zone is an ideal place to watch the EURO 2020 match on a giant screen in the company of thousands of football fans.
- An opportunity to taste drinks and dishes of Russian cuisine.
- Football exhibition.
If you have never tried to watch football in a company of hundreds of other fans, I highly advise to experience it, at least once. This is not at all similar to watching football at home and even in a bar.
Visa-Free Entry To Russia For EURO 2020 Ticket Holders
Fans of the UEFA 2020 ( tickets holders for matches in St Petersburg) will be able to come to Russia with a personalized Fan ID card with no Russian visa.
The same entry system was applied for foreign citizens during the World Cup 2018. The person who bought a ticket for one of the matches received a fan passport — Fan ID. FAN ID practically replaced visa.
By the way, such a FAN ID scheme has never been previously applied, never and nowhere until the Russian World Cup 2018.
Fortunately, the FAN ID system turned out to be effective. Indeed, thousands of fans could avoid visa-related hassles and travel to Russia freely.
Thus, all you need for coming to Russia this summer is to buy a ticket for one of the EURO 2020 games in St Petersburg, receive a FAN ID and book tickets to St Petersburg!
How Long Can Fans Stay In Russia Visa-Free?
Football fans from other countries will have a visa-free regime for entering Russia two weeks before the first UEFA Euro 2020 match, until the last day of the championship. Thus, all FAN ID holders will be able to enter Russia with no Russian visa for 1.5 months.
Officially, the law says the following: ‘During the period starting 14 days before the date of the first UEFA Euro 2020 match in the city of federal significance St Petersburg and ending on the day of the last UEFA Euro 2020 match in the city of federal significance St Petersburg, entry into the Russian Federation for foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving to the Russian Federation as spectators of UEFA Euro 2020, is carried without issuing visas on valid identity documents recognized by the Russian Federation, personalized fan passport obtained by foreign citizens and stateless persons holding an entrance ticket for the match, or a document authorizing the right to receive an entrance ticket to the match.’
Pay attention, that the law doesn’t restrict the area. This means, that FAN ID holders can travel around all Russia, not only to stay in St Petersburg.
Buy tickets and get more info on FAN IDs at EURO 2020 site
Are you tempted? Don’t tell me you are not, I will never believe it 🙂
By the way, if you plan to visit St Petersburg during EURO 2020, look what other fun things you can do in the city:
- One-Day Itinerary To St Petersburg
- 35 Fun Things To Do In St Petersburg To Your Trip More Fascinating
- Where To Stay In St Petersburg (list of hostels and hotels)
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