Euro 2016 kicks off in Paris – June 10th!
written by Jennifer Hamerman
Whether or not you’re in love with the Beautiful Game, there is no escaping the fact that Paris will be alive with football fever this summer as the city hosts Euro 2016. June 10 will see the month-long soccer tournament kick off and we have the scoop on all you need to know.
The Eiffel Tower Fan Zone
The best news is that even if you don’t have Euro 2016 tickets, you don’t need to miss out on the excitement. A huge 130,000m squared fan zone is being created in the Champs de Mars so that fans can gather together to watch the matches on an enormous 400m squared screen, with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop. The fan zone can accommodate 92,000 fans and we can only imagine the atmosphere will be electric. Entry is free and there will be lots of football-related fun and activities to add to the festivities.
The fan zone will open at 4pm on June 10th, the first day of Euro 2016. Between then and June 27th, it will open from midday to midnight every day. In the second half of the tournament, from June 30th to July 10th, it will be open from 4pm until midnight each day. Fans can expect that they will pass through metal detectors and possibly be searched before entering the fan zone. No large bags or luggage will be permitted. You can enter the fan zone via any of the six entrances which will be found on Avenue de la Motte-Piquet, Avenue Joseph Bouvard and Avenue Charles Risler, all in the 7th arrondissement.
In addition to all of this, there will be a massive concert on the Champs de Mars on June 9, the eve of the tournament, and David Guetta will be performing his Euro ’16 Anthem.
Please remember that the Champ de Mars will understandably be closed from 23 May so they can set this huge site up in time for the tournament starting.
Plus, there will be a fan zone in Saint-Denis, located in the Parc de la Légion d’Honneur.
More information can be found on the Paris Tourism Website
Kids activities around Euro 2016
The libraries of Paris are running activities all over the city to get children engaged with the idea that their city is hosting a major international sporting event. The scheme is called Bibliofoot and events will include a football video games tournament at La Médiathèque de la Canopée (the new multi-media library under the new Les Halles canopy) and Babyfoot at the Bibliothèque Aimé Césaire in the 14th arrondissement. To be clear, Babyfoot is actually table-football. For a minute, MLP had a lovely vision of lots of little babies waddling around playing actual football rather like an Evian ad!
More information on this great library scheme for kids to celebrate Paris being the host city can be found here: http://www.paris-bibliotheques.org/bibliofoot/
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