Thursday 19 July 2018, 11:56

7.7 million football fans visit FIFA Fan Fest during Russia 2018

  • ​FIFA Fan Fest attract 2.5 million more people than four years ago

  • Almost half a million attended across the 11 venues on 25 June

  • Fans got to 646 bands play 323 hours of music for free

The FIFA Fan Fest™ took Russia by storm. Following the exhilarating final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ that saw France take the title, FIFA can confirm that the Russian edition of the FIFA Fan Fest welcomed 7.7 million visitors. This compares to 5.2 million fans at the 2014 edition.

Every matchday tens of thousands of Russian and international football fans opted for the FIFA Fan Fest locations as their venues of choice. They watched a total of 917 hours of live football and enjoyed an exciting music and cultural entertainment programme featuring 646 bands playing 323 hours of live music, all free of charge.

“The close collaboration between FIFA, the LOC, the Host Cities and our Commercial Affiliates made this project possible,” said FIFA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Le Floc’h. “The FIFA Fan Fests offered a free, safe and highly entertaining space to the 7.7 million local and international fans that came to watch matches in those spectacular locations.”

“The work has already started to make the FIFA Fan Fest experience even more entertaining in the future and we are looking forward to welcoming fans at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” he added.

The highest day’s attendance was 25 June, the day Uruguay played Host Country Russia, when 499,000 fans attended 11 venues. The Host City of Moscow achieved the best attendance with a staggering number of 1,887,200 visitors. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, top venue Rio de Janeiro had 937,330 visitors in total.

The FIFA Fan Fest has been part of the Official Programme of the FIFA World Cup since the 2006 edition in Germany. It featured again at the 2010 and 2014 editions in South Africa and Brazil, and has definitely been one of the highlights for fans in Russia.