March 2 – FIFA is sticking with its Fan Festival format for this summer’s Women’s World Cup but has lengthened its name from ‘fest’ to ‘festival’.
This is fourth time the Fan Festival format has been used but the first time at a Women’s World Cup.
Fan Festivals started with the 2006 World Cup but was reworked into the new format for Qatar 2022, and that concept will be carried into the Australia/New Zealand event and set up in all none host cities.
The Fan Festival will be free to enter and will follow the format of providing football, music, entertainment, local culture, food and games. Fans will be able to watch the matches on big screens at each venue.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “Whether you are an avid fan or a football newcomer, the FIFA Fan Festival provides an exciting entertainment space that brings people together beyond football.”
“Our mission is to make football truly global, accessible and inclusive, and these exciting events provide an opportunity to experience football in new ways in a fun festival environment.”
Fan Festivals will be tailored to the local climate, match days and kick off times from 20 July to 20 August 2023.
FIFA Fan Festival venues:
- Adelaide/Tarntanya – Festival Plaza
- Brisbane/Meaanjin – South Bank Parklands
- Melbourne/Naarm – Federation Square
- Perth/Boorloo – Forrest Place
- Sydney/Gadigal – Tumbalong Park
- Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau – The Cloud
- Hamilton/Kirikiriroa – Claudelands Event Centre
- Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Shed 6
- Dunedin/Ōtepoti – Dunedin Town Hall & Glenroy Auditorium
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