Moscow authorities recommend refraining from visiting fan zone at Moscow State University
Visits to the fan zone at the Moscow State University during the Football World Cup may be dangerous due to overcrowding. The Moscow City Hall recommend refraining from visiting the site and recall other places where people can watch the World Cup matches.
The capital's department of regional security and anti-corruption advise Moscow residents and visitors to refrain from visiting the fan zone on the Vorobyevy Gory during the most popular matches of the World Cup, Moskva agency reports. This is due to overcrowding of the fan zone, the mayor's office representatives explained.
Head of the Department and Minister of the Government of Moscow Vladimir Chernikov said that despite the influx of fans, the city’s security systems work without complaints. However, the fan zone at the MSU poses certain threats.
“Currently, the fan site on the Vorobyovy Gory, which provides for the comfortable placement of 25 thousand participants, experiences considerable overload. A lot of football fans regularly gather here. If the festival site gets overcrowded, fans may experience risk to their health,” Chernikov noted.
In this regard, the department recommended to avoid extra risk and not to visit the fan zone during the influx of fans. Chernikov recalled that additional screens have been installed in Moscow. Fans can also watch match broadcasts in almost all restaurants and cafés of the city. This, as the mayor's office representatives believe, can disperse groups of fans and prevent a stampede.
The fan zone on the Vorobyovy Gory is located in the immediate vicinity of the main building of the Moscow State University. An initiative group of students opposed its opening. According to them, the fan zone hampers the teaching process and creates inconvenience for those living in university hostels in the main building. Also, the participants of the initiative group pointed out that the fan zone would damage green plantations on the university campus.
Students held several protests against the fan zone outside the university. For example, in April, students blocked the main entrance to the Moscow State University building, having organized a live chain. About 150 people took part in the action.
Initially, the fan zone near the Moscow State University was designed for 40 thousand people. However, after the protests of students and the request of the university's leadership, it was decided to move it away from the main building and reduce the capacity to 25 thousand people. In addition, students living in the main building were given the opportunity to move to other hostels for the time of the World Cup. a special admission regime has been introduced on the territory of the university for the time of the World Cup, and it is possible to enter the territory of Moscow State University only with student tickets and passes. The university campus is closed for football fans.