Euro 2024: Storms in western Germany close fan zones across country including zones in Dortmund and Cologne

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Football fans who have travelled to Germany as part of the Euro 2024 tournament are being turned away from fan zones after poor weather forced multiple sites to close.

The German Weather Service has forecasted severe thunderstorms in western and central Germany, which have been predicted to start around midday. Fan zones in cities such as Dortmund, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Dusseldorf.

The warning and subsequently closure comes just over 24 hours before Scotland are due to play in Cologne, with the Tartan Army set to descend on the city. Thousands of fans have already made their way in preparation for Scotland’s second group match against Switzerland, with city officials also cancelling the special ferry service for Euro 2024 fans.

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A spokesperson said: “Due to an official storm warning from late morning with expected heavy rain, hail and heavy gusts of wind, all events and functions of the Host City Cologne associated with the European Championships have to be cancelled for today, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The venues Fan Zone at Heumarkt, Public Viewing at the Tanzbrunnen and the Football Experience will remain closed for the entire day. The European Championship Rhine ferry service will also be suspended.

“The necessary talks with the security partners were already held yesterday evening and the preparatory measures to secure the venues were initiated. The decision to cancel all events was made on Tuesday morning after further consultation with the German Weather Service.

“All events announced in advance as well as the various surprise performances will not take place. The catering trade in Cologne city centre was already informed yesterday evening, June 17, 2024, to secure their outdoor catering accordingly.” Fans have been urged to stay at home or at an indoor establishment where possible.

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