A majority of large cities in France have decided not to set up fan-zones before the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. The town halls are waiting for a relaxation of the health protocol on June 30. To find a place to watch the meetings, you often have to fall back on smaller towns.
To watch a Euro match in a fan-zone, you have to look! A few kilometers from the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, the neighborhood association “7 Dreams” has decided to organize a fan-zone for the Blues matches at the Euro. From next Tuesday, 300 people (UEFA threshold for broadcasting matches in public without paying broadcasting rights) will be present on the lawn of the Saint-Denis municipal velodrome, in the heart of the Salvador-Allende city, in front of a 8m2 screen to admire the encounter between France and Germany.
“The goal is really to be in a friendly spirit to watch the Blues matches, admits Mohamed Abdi, member of the 7 Dreams association. In 2018 for the World Cup, we organized a small fan-zone in bottom of our building, there it is more structured “. “7 Dreams” also intends to broadcast a few events from the Olympic Games (to support the young Prithika Pavade, a very young table tennis player from the Saint-Denis club), the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Rugby Cup. en-Brie (Seine-et-Marne), city of Paul Pogba, a fan-zone built by the midfielder’s sponsor was inaugurated last night.
Bron opens a fan-zone
In Bron, home town of Karim Benzema, a few kilometers from Lyon, the municipality has also chosen to organize a fan-zone. 900 people will be authorized within this structure located at the Pierre-Duboeuf stadium. In order to respect the sanitary gauge, the supporters of the Blues must reserve a place before the event. It is in the cities where the Blues kicked their first ball that the craze is felt. In Forges, the city of Olivier Giroud, 250 supporters will be able to attend the matches of the Blues. Same decision in Suresnes (N’Golo Kanté) and Jeumont (Benjamin Pavard).
No Fan Zone in Paris before the quarters
The uncertainty regarding the organization of fan-zones is very high within large municipalities. Sunday on BFM Lille, Martine Aubry had completely ruled out the idea of organizing a fan-zone during Euro 2020. A few hours later, the city reviewed its copy and plans to organize an event “with respect sanitary rules, so that everyone can go there without endangering their health or that of others “in July. “I exchanged, as soon as the texts were published, with the mayor of Lille to explain the protocol for the organization of fan-zones”, assures the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu.
In Marseille, Bordeaux or even Strasbourg the ideas are still vague. In Lens, Nîmes and Avignon, the town halls have already made their decision: there will be no fan-zone for the supporters of the Blues. The big cities also want to fall back on bars to organize meeting points between supporters of the France team. “The bars will be the fan-zones for the Euro, after almost a year of closure, these places must be allowed to live”, explains a member of the municipality of Strasbourg. According to information from RMC Sport, as in other big cities, there will be no fan-zone in Paris before the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. The municipality of the capital is studying a solution in case of qualification of the Blues for this stage of the competition.
What does the protocol say for fan-zones?
This is the point of tension in several large cities in France, the difficulty of implementing the health protocol published by the government. “Before Tuesday, setting up this health protocol is impossible even for a city with more than 100,000 inhabitants like us. The constraints are strong and the idea of leaving the supporters seated during the match is inconsistent with football” , admits a representative of Sports from a large metropolis.
The five-page document edited by the Ministry of National Education, Youth, and Sports distinguishes two periods for fan-zones: before and after June 30. Before this date, all the supporters must be seated in front of the giant screens of the fan-zones with a gauge of 5000 people. Another constraint, the “need to present a health pass (proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test; certificate of recovery from Covid-19; certificate of vaccination) to access a fan-zone beyond 1,000 people”.
From June 30, the fan-zones find a little freedom. These places will be able to accommodate supporters standing in front of the screens with a space of 4 square meters. The obligation to present a health pass in fan-zones with more than 1,000 people will remain in force until the end of the Euro. At our microphone, the Minister of Sports believes for her part that “event organizers and clubs must push communities” to organize fan-zones.