Frankfurt News – City wants to invest 30 million euros in European football

The city wants to spend about 30 million euros on one of the ten venues for the 2024 European Cup. About half goes to public viewing and fan zones on the north bank of the Main.

Five UEFA Euro games will be played in Frankfurt in 2024, including the round of 16 and group stage for the German national team. This makes Frankfurt one of the ten German venues for the European Cup in their country. The city pays a lot for a proper football atmosphere in and outside the stadium: about 30 million euros to invest in hosting the European Championship. The city council decided on Thursday evening.

Of all the places, the focus of the competition organization is on Frankfurt, according to the corresponding submission from the judges. On the other hand, this is due to the fact that EURO 2024 GmbH, a merger of UEFA and DFB, is not far from the Waldstadion. On the other hand, the draw for the European Cup will be held in the Festhalle on October 9 this year.

In June and July 2024 there will be a fan zone along the north bank of the Main during all competitions. Almost half of the budget is set for this. About 30,000 fans should find the area there; In addition to many places, there will also be public viewing. Tourismus+Congress GmbH, which is responsible for the implementation of the fan zone and public viewing, will receive a subsidy of approximately 14 million euros. To ensure appropriate image quality during public viewing, UEFA should provide currency specifically for high-quality screens. For this to happen, Frankfurt needs to set a deadline and decide on the organization and funding of Euro 2024. on Thursday evening.

The investment of about 30 million euros is about double the plan when the application was made as a site in 2016. At that time, however, the cost was underestimated, according to the city government. In his application, the judge explained that the demand for the place has increased in recent years. This includes, in addition to higher standards of professionalism, commerce, digital and sustainability as well as the concept of hygiene and pandemic, which must now be considered. Investments will also need to be made in and around the stadium before the start of the European competition.

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