Germany's Euro 2024 Security

Germany's Euro 2024 Security
Germany's Euro 2024 Security

Keeping fans and players safe will be a mammoth task for Germany as it hosts Euro 2024 this summer in a tense global climate with major conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

From hooligans to potential terrorist attacks and even cyberattacks, the European Championship organizers will be looking to ward off a range of threats.

Security forces will be charged with protecting some 2.7 million fans, 24 team base camps spread across the country and ten stadiums where 51 matches will be played between June 14 and July 14.

Designated fan zones are also expected to attract around 12 million visitors.

"From the outset, security has been our top priority," tournament director Philipp Lahm said.

In an unprecedented move, Germany has invited some 300 security experts from all nations playing in the tournament to take part in a monitoring project at the International Police Cooperation Centre in the western city of Neuss.

Alongside officials from Germany, Europol and European football body UEFA, they will take turns to monitor the situation on the ground, gathering during the tournament in a huge 500-square-meter conference room equipped with 129 computers and a 40-square-meter screen.

"We're really looking forward to the European Championships, and many of us are already excited about how it will go and are rooting for their team. I'm rooting for mine, for example, and we really want it to be a success, not just for our own team, but also as a big event of people coming together peacefully," said Olaf Scholz, German chancellor.

Germany will also introduce security controls on all of its nine borders.

Between 800 and 1,300 police will be deployed around the stadiums at each match, depending on the teams playing.

In a bid to prevent anyone from entering a match with weapons or explosives, three security perimeters will be set up around each stadium.