Euro 2012 Breaks All-time Audience Record
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Euro 2012 Breaks All-time Audience Record PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, June 26, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 1.3 million visitors watched the group and quarter final matches of EURO 2012.

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Euro 2012 Breaks All-time Audience Record
PR Newswire
KYIV, Ukraine, June 26, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine
,
June 26, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Nearly 1.3 million visitors watched the group and quarter final
matches of
EURO 2012
. The stadiums of the championship co-hosts
Poland
and
Ukraine
saw the combined number of 1,274,186 football
fans over the fortnight. According to the tournament director in
Ukraine
Markian Lubkivskyi, the average attendance at the stadiums
reached 98 percent.
European football championship first attracted over a million of viewers in
1996, when matches in the UK were visited by over 1.27 million people. This
number used to be the highest attendance figure for EURO until 2012.
One may indicate a significant turnout increase over the history of the
tournament, as the first UEFA European football championship, held in 1960 in
France
, unfolded in front of the eyes of almost 79,000 fans.
EURO 2004
in
Portugal
was witnessed by nearly 1.16 million people, while the latest
EURO
2008
, co-hosted by
Austria
and
Switzerland
, drew in 1.14 million football lovers,
reports
Champion.com.ua
.
The remaining
three EURO
2012 matches will take place at the tournament's
largest arenas - the National Stadium in
Warsaw
(capacity - over 58 thousand),
Donbass Arena in Donetsk (over 50 thousand capacity), and
Kyiv's
NSK
Olimpiyskyi (70 thousand)*. It is expected that the total audience of
EURO 2012
will reach 1.4 million people.
Notably,
Ukraine
prepared four stadiums for the European Football
Championship - the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskyi in
Kyiv
(will host
EURO
2012
final), Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Arena Lviv in Lviv, and Metalist Stadium
(nicknamed
Spider
) in Kharkiv. As a result of renovation, Olimpiyskyi became
the second largest stadium in
Eastern Europe
capable of hosting up to 70,050
guests. Stadium in Lviv was built specially for the championship.
According to UEFA,
EURO 2012
fan zones in the eight host cities also
experienced notable turnout. The attendance leader among the eight fan zones
is the one in
Kyiv
- as of
June 20
th
, 1.19 million football fans visited the area
since its opening. Reportedly, the largest and loudest
EURO 2012
fan zone at
Warsaw's
Plac Defilad was attended by 820 thousand fans.
Total fan zone attendance as of
June 20
th
equals 4.241 million, with Polish fan
zones attracting almost 1.8 million visitors and Ukrainian - nearly 2.5 million.
*Numbers according to the official websites of the venues.