The first few days in Lyon have already flown by. We had some time to discover Parc Olympique Lyonnais and to acclimatise to the life in Lyon, the third biggest city in la douce France.

Waking up on a holiday camp site

The first morning when I woke up was quite unreal: birds were singing happily and our accommodation was totally surrounded by trees and a lot of green. We’re staying at a camping site near ‘Parc du Grand Large’,  situated only 3 km’s from the stadium of Lyon, that is about 20 km’s away from the city centre, which is quite a distance. We have a great bungalow and the site is really clean: great to come home to after a hard day of work. As we’re just settled, we went to the stadium on foot to check out the immediate surroundings. The weather was beautiful and after a ‘breakfast-on-the-go’ we arrived 30 minutes later to the impressive new stadium of Olympique Lyonnais. We immediately knew we made a good choice for picking out Lyon as hosting venue, don’t you agree?

 

We immediately knew we made a good choice for picking out Lyon as hosting venue. Don’t you agree?

 

First things first

The first thing we needed to take care of was our accreditation for the rest of the tournament, otherwise we would not have access to any of the gates. We met with Kanitha who had already collected hers. Things at the accreditation centre went very smooth: within five minutes we were assisted by the accreditation volunteers. We only had to show our ID and have our picture taken. After some minutes our names were already shown on the information screen and we could collect our personal accrediation: just one signature and that was it!

Our first tasks were to check the availability of our ticket office, see if the equipment worked accordingly and if we had all the necessary office supplies. This was a good way to get to know the other teams: IT, logistics, venue management, transport etc.. They are already working for months (and even years) to get everything up and running. Really cool to see how professionally UEFA deals with the operations.

For me and Kanitha, as part of the Stadium Ticketing Team, it was extremely important to familiarize with the stadium seats and to check the stadium signage and supporter flow.

 

A stunning stadium

The most important part of the first days was to have extended tours inside the venue, so we could familiarize with the huge stadium: accesses, hospitality areas (corporate, UEFA family,..), seating, signage and much more. I already visited the stadium in the summer of 2015, but it still wasn’t finished then and now this brand new stadium looks so stunning. Really awesome! The UEFA EURO 2016 branding just gives that little bit of extra standard to the stadium. For me and Kanitha, as part of the Stadium Ticketing Team, it was extremely important to familiarize with the stadium seats and to check the stadium signage and supporter flow.

The end of the week was closed with a staff party at our camping site. A little barbeque and some drinks, that was all what was needed for the teams to get to know eachother during an informal moment, away from the stadium.

Oh, did I mention our Adidas gear and uniform looks AWESOME? Check it out! Well done UEFA EURO 2016!


Greetings from the Lyon Ticketing Team!