For the third time since 1960, Paris is hosting the European men’s football championship, one of the most watched sporting events, together with the World Cup and the Olympic Games.The UEFA EURO 2016™ will take place in six French cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, Toulouse and Paris. The Parc des Princes in Paris and the Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host 12 matches from 10 June to 10 July. 24 countries have qualified, and 13 of them will be playing matches in Paris and Saint-Denis right from the start of the championship: Germany, Austria, Croatia, France, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. During the previous edition of the championship in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, 1.5 million spectators watched the matches, and more than 7 million supporters visited the fan zones.
In Paris, the fan zone will be set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, on the Champ de Mars, to host supporters free of cost until midnight on all the match days. There will be giant screens, food stalls and entertainment in the secure enclosure. On 9 June, David Guetta will play a huge free concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Several welcome kiosks will be available for visitors. Besides the six permanent welcome centres of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, a booth will be set up on the Berges de Seine quayside in the Left Bank, and dozens of volunteers will be on hand to offer assistance throughout the city. There will be a special set-up for the 1,500 journalists who are expected to be covering the event from the International Broadcast Centre at the Porte de Versailles.