Saint Petersburg ready to host Euro 2020

Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, is set to host matches for the 2020 UEFA European Championship, better known as Euro 2020, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Irina Chkhindzheria, who heads the epidemiological surveillance service of the Rospotrebnadzor St. Petersburg office, has clarified that the epidemic situation allows the city to host the games of Euro 2020.

The 2020 UEFA European Championship is the ultimate soccer championship for Europe’s men’s national teams.

One of the biggest football tournaments in the world was originally scheduled to take place from June 12 to July 12, 2020 in twelve cities. However, on March 17, 2020, UEFA postponed the tournament for a year in the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The delayed tournament is expected to be held in 11 mainland cities, including St. Petersburg in Russia and Baku in Azerbaijan, between June 11 and July 11, 2021. Along with Russia and Azerbaijan, the tournament matches will be played in Italy , in Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania, England, Scotland, Spain, Germany and Hungary. The championship retains the name “UEFA Euro 2020”.

Russia’s St. Petersburg is set to host six group stage matches and one of the quarter-finals at Russia’s second-largest sports complex, also known as Gazprom Arena.

After the final inspection at the Gazprom Arena in February, the head of operations at the venues of the UEFA events stadium, Andreas Schar confirmed that the second largest city in Russia is fully ready to host Euro 2020 matches.

Russian officials aim to fill half the stadium at this year’s championship, as UEFA has lifted its spectator limit, which was up to 30% of a stadium’s capacity.

Meanwhile, St. Petersburg has the second highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Russia. The new coronavirus, first identified in China, has so far infected more than 431,000 in St. Petersburg. According to the last The data, the virus has killed 13,964 people, while an estimated 395,876 recovered from the disease.

Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov ad last week, the city had prepared all the necessary infrastructure to host Euro 2020 matches this summer. He also assured that all required security measures would be taken during the tournament. According to the organizers, supporters will have to wear masks during matches.

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