What is a FIFA Fan Fest™?

It was back in 2002, during the World Cup in South Korea and Japan, when football fans began gathering outdoors in large groups to watch FIFA World Cup™ matches. The FIFA Fan Festivals Programme was first officially launched in 2006 at the World Cup in Germany. These events, now called Fan Fests, are usually staged at the most popular tourist attractions — major squares and streets, parks, beaches, etc. — with tens of thousands of people taking part each day. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Fan Fest venues drew more than five million people.

In addition to watching football matches on a large screen, fans can enjoy live music, meet star footballers and other VIP guests, and buy souvenirs from FIFA sponsors and partners. The Fan Fest Programme of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be the fourth in World Cup history.

Alexey Sorokin, CEO, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee:

"The FIFA Fan Fest is a perfect opportunity for each of the host cities to have the whole world see their unique culture and sincere hospitality."


FIFA Fan Fest venue in Nizhny Novgorod

The FIFA Fan Fest in Nizhny Novgorod will be staged on the Minin Square, the heart of the city. The square is home to the city's main tourist attraction — the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin. One of the oldest streets, Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, starts on one side of the square; on the opposite side, stretching miles from a high vantage point, a picturesque view opens on the confluence of the Oka and the Volga rivers. The square is lined by the Kremlin wall; a monument to Valery Chkalov, a Soviet test-pilot; Ulyanov Street; and urban development.