Poznan sets up new camp for Irish fans
POLISH officials have confirmed that Euro 2012 fans let down by the cancellation of the Irish fan village will be able to find affordable accommodation shortly.
Poznan City Council officials have announced that a new campsite and a camper van village will be set up in the city ahead of the Euro Championships, as well as the Carlsberg Fan Camp.
Last Friday, thousands of Irish football fans who had pre-registered for the Irish fan village in Poland were left fuming after it emerged that the site would not be going ahead after all.
"Despite the unexpected cancellation of Irish Fan Village project, Poznan has plenty of accommodation possibilities for the Irish fans - guest houses, student dormitories or alternative campsites," a Poznan city council spokesman told the Herald.
"Drivers will have a new location available from the next week, as the Camper Van Village is going to be launched tomorrow.
"Booking a place will be possible at www.campervanvillage.com from this Friday with around 250 parking places available.
"Two alternative Fan Camps are planned in Poznan - Carlsberg Fan Camp (www.carlsbergfancamp.pl) and PolCamp2012 (www.polcamp2012.com).
"Irish supporters have no reasons to be worried about accommodation in Poznan.
"In addition, as we are more and more close to the tournament, the offer of private houses and apartments in Poznan is growing daily. Visit www.poznan.pl/accommodation to have a look at the City of Poznan's offer."
Carlsberg Fan Camp announced last Friday that their first booking phase had closed after just two days due to the huge demand, however, a second booking phase is expected to take place soon.
Polcamp told the Herald that it expected to launch officially by the end of this week.
"To avoid certain pitfalls, such as those experienced by Irish Fan Village, we have deliberately refrained from an official launch until we have safeguards in place to guarantee that we can deliver what we promise," a spokeswoman for the camp said.
The Irish Fan Village in Poznan was set to provide affordable accommodation for around 9,000 supporters for the first Ireland match against Croatia on June 10. However, organisers notified fans that the project was cancelled last Friday.