What is a Fan Fest?
The year of World Cup Japan and South Korea, 2002 was the first year when football fans began to congregate in massive numbers to watch football games together outdoors. The first official FIFA Fan Fest Programme was launched in 2006, during World Cup Germany. It is customary to stage these festivals, known as Fan Fests, in the most “touristy” neighbourhoods: main squares and streets, parks, beaches, etc. They draw tens of thousands of people daily. The total number of visitors to the Fan Fest grounds of the 2014 World Cup Brazil exceeded 5 million.
In addition to watching the game on a large screen, visitors can enjoy some live music, hobnob with star footballers and other VIPs at the Fan Fest, 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.