Mayor announces family-friendly fan zone at Greenwich Park for this year's Euros 

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by Josh Peachey

London football fans of all ages will be able to watch England matches and other keys games of the UEFA EURO 2020 Football Championship at a special Fan Zone in Greenwich Park.

In a break with tradition, this summer’s competition will take place across the continent, with Wembley Stadium hosting seven games including both semi-finals and the final.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and partners have worked closely with the local community on proposals to deliver a family-friendly Fan Zone, which received planning permission from the Royal Borough of Greenwich last night.

The Fan Zone will show all England matches, both semi-finals and the final. It will also show games featuring Home Nations if they qualify for the last 16 of the competition and beyond. 

Subject to licensing approval, approximately 30,000 free tickets will be made available for Londoners, local people and fans from across Europe to come to the Fan Zone for each of the matches. 

Tickets would be obtained through a free public ballot and details on how to apply will be announced in due course. Around 15 percent of tickets will be ring-fenced for local residents.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am so excited that London is hosting so many crucial games in UEFA EURO 2020, including both semi-finals and the final.

“It shows that London is open to the world’s greatest footballing talent and welcoming to sports fans from all over Europe.

“I am sure Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, and visitors to our city, will want to come together in their thousands to cheer England on – and Greenwich Park will be a fantastic location for the Fan Zone.

“We want this competition to be a memorable occasion for all of the family and a chance for England fans young and old to show the positive spirit of football to the country and the world.”

Rio Ferdinand, England’s UEFA EURO 2020 Tournament Ambassador, said: “To be able to watch our England team go up against some of the best sporting talent in Europe – whether that be at Wembley Stadium or in the Greenwich Park Fan Zone – will be an incredible experience and an amazing opportunity for fans to come together and celebrate everything the game has to offer.”

In December, the Mayor announced that Potters Fields, next to City Hall, will host a family-oriented, free ‘Football Village’ throughout the tournament.

The Football Village will be a space for people to enjoy the London summer, relax, and soak up the family atmosphere. It will feature free activities for all the family, including cultural entertainment, football drills and skills and community activities. 

The Mayor will shortly announce details of London’s UEFA EURO 2020 cultural programme which will celebrate grassroots and international talent with a combination of large-scale installations, site specific commissions, performances and community-led cultural activity.