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Football fans in the Waikato will have a chance to celebrate together! FIFA Fan Festival is coming!


A FIFA Fan Festival™ will be hosted by Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton Kirikiriroa this year during the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.


This is the first time that FIFA Fan Festivals will be rolled out at a FIFA Women’s World Cup, in keeping with the tournament’s theme of firsts. There will be a FIFA Fan Festival™ in every Host City at various times during the tournament, Hamilton Kirikiriroa’s will run from 20-23 July 2023.


FIFA Fan Festivals will offer free entry to people of all ages, providing a vibrant destination to celebrate the global game and experience the best in football, music, entertainment, local culture, food and games. Fans will be able to watch the tournament drama unfold on big screens at each venue.


To provide the best possible experience for visitors, the events at each venue will be tailored to the local climate, matchdays and kick-off times.


FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:

“Whether you are an avid fan or a football newcomer, the FIFA Fan Festival provides an exciting entertainment space that brings people together beyond football."
“Our mission is to make football truly global, accessible and inclusive, and these exciting events provide an opportunity to experience football in new ways in a fun festival environment.”

Formerly known as the FIFA Fan Fest™, this one-stop destination for fans had previously appeared at four editions of the FIFA World Cup™, starting with the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. It debuted in its new form as the FIFA Fan Festival at last year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.


Further announcements will be made in the lead‑up to the tournament regarding opening times, music acts and other activities.


For more information, visit FIFA.com.

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