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Monday 25 September 2017

Host city for Euros 'now full'

THERE'S no room at the inn, as far as Irish football fans are concerned, as one of Ireland's host cities at Euro 2012 has announced that there is not a room or bed left in the place.

Ireland's first and third matches in the group stages will be played in Poznan but the second match, against Spain, will be held in the coastal city of Gdansk, which is part of the 'tri-city' of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, effectively three cities in one.

Because of tourist attractions and the fact that the team will be training nearby in Gdynia, many Irish fans had wanted to base themselves here for the tournament but now they'll have to sleep elsewhere.

"Every single room in all of the Gdynia hotels is already booked up," says Agata Szparagowska of the local tourist authority

Frustrated by the massive price hikes -- one hotel in Poznan increased its rates by an astonishing 3,000pc for the Ireland-Croatia game -- many Irish fans have decided to base themselves in other Polish cities such as Torun and Bydgoszcz.

afitzmaurice@herald.ie

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