Lonely Planet Writer

Different cities, different rules: how to be an organised fan in France for Euro 2016

Along with the expectations with which fans will be gathering in France for the opening of the Euros, there are also a series of regulations that each fan will have to become familiar with.

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Due to increased security at the tournament, officials have warned all fans to try to arrive at the stadium three hours in advance of the beginning of the match. All fans have also been warned to carry their identifying documents with them at all time and to only carry the official tickets as any other form of ticket will not be accepted.

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Many of the host cities have set up their own personal rules to stop things from getting out of hand. In Lens, street-drinking will not be allowed and in Marseilles, night time swims will be off-limits for enthusiastic fans looking to go for a dip. The famous fan zones that appear for the quadrennial tournament, will be particularly busy as France has banned outdoor screens for the length of the tournament. Paris’s fan zone launched in grand style yesterday, with around 100,000 football fans gathering in the designated zone at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to launch the tournament with concerts and a big screening of Euro 2016 ads and campaigns.

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The other big fan zone in Paris will be at Stade de France at Parc de la Légion d’Honneur. Whilst on-street drinking won’t be allowed, the fan zones will be serving alcohol throughout matches. You can find a full list of fan zones that represent designated countries here.

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Officials have also warned people travelling to France for the tournament by car or van, that traffic jams may be quite severe along with queues at gas stations. Whilst it is a tournament with a lot of warnings attached to it, the hype is still as alive and well as ever.