With EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine fast approaching, UEFA officials visited the two host countries on Thursday.
UEFA President Michel Platini inspected the new Arena Lviv, which will host three Group B matches. He also opened the new terminal at the Ukrainian city's airport together with Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, accompanied by the president of the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU), Grigoriy Surkis. The Arena Lviv, in an area of parkland on the outskirts of the city, has a UEFA capacity of 30,000 and opened in October 2011.
Platini next travelled to the Polish capital Warsaw to visit the National Stadium – the final EURO venue to be completed. It was unveiled in January and is located on the eastern banks of the Vistula in the district of Praga Poludnie. It is built on the site of the old Tenth Anniversary Stadium, holds 50,000 and will stage three Group A matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final.
"I am convinced that we will experience a magnificent festival of football in Poland and Ukraine for UEFA EURO 2012," said Platini. "It has been a great challenge for Poland and Ukraine, it has been a great challenge for UEFA – the challenge is going to be won. The stadiums in Poland and Ukraine are magnificent, the sporting centres for the teams are going to be magnificent, the atmosphere will be fine.
"This will be a huge heritage for the future," he stressed. "I congratulate the Polish and Ukrainian people on the fact that they saw the opportunity and took advantage of it."
The first match of EURO 2012 kicks off on 8 June 2012.
Posted on 12/04/2012