Lviv successfully hosted UEFA Euro 2012
Lviv is one of the 8 cities that hosted UEFA Euro 2012 – the third most significant sporting event in the world after the Summer Olympic Games and the World Football Championship. Thus, certainly, the greatest pride and responsibility of the city and its residents were to welcome a great number of football fans and tourists. The success of its mission may be well confirmed by the UEFA’s award granted to Lviv after this event.
Positive fan reviews and the attention of international media demonstrated that Lviv had been recognized as a great cultural city to visit. CNN spokesman Phil Black named Lviv “a city that’s become a modern business hub while preserving its old-world charm.” Lviv presented itself as a modern European city, where foreigners feel safe and comfortable. A great number of cozy cafes, a wide choice of hotels, improved infrastructure, renewed roads, and public transit system, together with the hospitality of city residents, made foreigners’ visit to Lviv an unforgettable event.
As a part of hosting the long-awaited Football Championship, one more remarkable event took place at Lviv International Airport in April 2012: a new terminal was inaugurated. It is able to provide services to over 2,000 passengers per hour, being fully in line with UEFA requirements to Euro 2012 host cities. Thus, new destinations to Western cities are to be established in the nearest future.