With the FIFA World Cup about to get underway, fans will be flocking to Russia to watch the 64 matches it will take to decide the 2018 champion.
Not everyone in Russia will be lucky enough to snag a ticket to the matches, meaning they’ll be cramming into bars, restaurants and finding any TV they can to watch the action.
But there’s also another way to see every match and also get a taste of the unique atmosphere of a FIFA World Cup tournament.
As has been the case for the last few tournaments, there will be a number of official FIFA Fan Sites to take in matches if you can’t get into the stadium.
Here’s all the key information when it comes to where the official live sites [Fan Fests] around Russia.
HOW MANY LIVE SITES ARE THERE?
There are 11 of the Fan Fest sites in cities where matches will be played during the tournament.
In Brazil in 2014, more than 5 million people visited the fan festivals.
WHERE ARE THE LIVE SITES?
- Kazan – 25,000 people per day capacity
- Moscow - 25,000 people per day capacity
- St Petersburg - 15,000 people per day capacity
- Samara - 20,000 people per day capacity
- Sochi - 10,000 people per day capacity
- Rostov - 25,000 people per day capacity
- Ekaterinburg – 17,000 people per day capacity
- Saransk - 20,000 people per day capacity
- Kaliningrad - 15,000 people per day capacity
- Volgograd - 15,000 people per day capacity
- Nizhny Novgorod - 15,000 people per day capacity
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Fans from all over the world are free to attend the Fan Fests, with entry free to anyone in the city regardless of if you have tickets to matches or not.
WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING AT THE FAN SITES
As well as being able to watch every match of the tournament live, there will also be various forms of entertainment inside.
There will be live music performances by famous musicians, numerous forms of interactive stands and other activities prepared by the 2018 FIFA World Cup partners and sponsors.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FANS ATTENDING MATCHES
If you are lucky enough to have tickets to see matches during the tournament then there are certain restrictions of what you can bring into the stadium.
Fans keen to bring in banners or signs to show support for their nation, there are certain restrictions involved. To find out more head HERE.
For a full list of prohibited items and substances that can come into a match venue, click HERE.
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