UEFA EURO 2012 European Football Championship
Originally competing against 4 other contestants (Italy, Croatia/Hungary, Turkey, and Greece), the joint bid of Poland and Ukraine to host the Euro 2012 beat Italy and Croatia/Hungary in a second round after Turkey and Greece had been eliminated. It will be the third time that two countries are co-hosting a European Football Championship after Belgium/Netherlands in 2000 and Austria/Switzerland in 2008.
Both Kiev and Ukraine are busy getting everything ready for the big event. After severe difficulties in meeting all the UEFA's obligations bureaucratic obstacles are now removed and funding problems have been solved. The hosting venues are polished, most of all Kiev's 80 000-seat Olympic Stadium, whose renovation has caused so much trouble in the past. Transportation has been expanded with Kiev's Boryspil airport opening a new tower and thus doubling its capacities, 18 additional trains have been organized between the Ukrainian and Polish venues and for the first time ever a direct trolley line between a residential area (western Kiev) and the Olympic Stadium will be installed to secure rapid transport for football fans.
Hotel rooms are reported to be short everywhere but if you're so lucky to be in the city at the time, you will most probably be able to enjoy seeing a whole city cheer and celebrate one of the world's most important sport events. Thousands of fans will be watching the 31 matches in the streets of Kiev as all of the streets in the center of Kiev will be made pedestrian zones during the championship. Big screens will be installed in the fan zone stretching from Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square along Kyiv’s central Khreshchatyk Street to Bogdana Khmelnitskoho Street. This fan area can be accessed easily via the Kiev Metro (Zoloti Vorota, Teatralna, Khreshchatyk and Maidan Nezalezhnosti) and will be able to host 70 000 people on 51 000 sq.m, on the day of the final even 90 000.
The following objects are previously planned to be placed at the UEFA EURO 2012тм Fan Zone territory:
- one big stage (16х16m) with a large screen (12х16m)
- 5 additional screens (9х12m), all providing live video feeds from all views of the action
- VIP-zone with a private seating area and entrance – 350 sq.m
- area allocated for an official souvenir shop – 1000 sq.m
- public dining area ― 1800 sq.m.
- administrative and technical room― 460 sq.m.
- first aid medical care tent ― 140 sq.m.
- security points― 400 sq.m.
- sanitation stations― 3800 sq.m.
- restrooms - 200 stalls – handicapped accessible ― 10