Nearly two million people visited the World Cup Fan Fest venue on Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“A total of 1,862,200 people watched live broadcasts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches on Vorobyovy Gory, with 1,912,200 people in total attending events held at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Fan Fest in Moscow,” said Nikolai Gulyayev, head of the Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Fan Fest held a total of 62 live match broadcasts. On the opening day of the festival, visitors were able to see the World Cup trophy with their own eyes. On 8 July, Russian football fans had an opportunity to meet the players of their national football team.
The festival’s stage hosted performances of various DJs, folk ensembles, orchestras and fan groups. The Fan Fest was attended by Alexander Kerzhakov, Marcel Desailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. A total of over 1,500 Russian and foreign reporters covered events at the venue.
Vorobyovy Gory was the most popular Fan Fest venue among the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities. Over 80,000 football fans visited the venue each day. On 7 July, the day of the quarterfinal match between the national teams of Russia and Croatia, a total of 167,000 fans attended the Fan Fest.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Russia between 14 June and 15 July. A total of 11 Russian cities hosted the tournament’s matches with Moscow hosting 12 matches. Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums were sold out. The atmosphere in the stands was friendly and festive.