International Conference: ‘A stadium in the city, the city in the stadium: from World Cup 1998 to Euro 2000’, Saint-Denis (France)
In June 1999, Efus organised this international conference in Saint-Denis (France), where representatives of European cities and national governmental and sporting authorities shared their experiences in hosting sporting events in the context of their global policies. Stadium cities discussed how a major football competition can become an opportunity for the city’s development and for its residents. One of the experiences highlighted during the conference was that of the London Borough of Brent, which included a strong anti-racism programme into their hosting of Euro 96 football championships at Wembley stadium.
The conference was concluded by a publication: Efus, A stadium in the city, the city in the stadium: from World Cup 1998 to Euro 2000, 2000 and by new future collaborations.
The cities that participated in the conference decided to build on the success of Brent Council in order to develop an anti-racist strategy during the Euro 2000 football championships. Efus, in the framework of its work with stadium cities, believed that it was important to examine further if and how an anti-racist element could be included into the global preventive approach of cities hosting international tournaments. Efus and Brent Council drew up a proposed project for European funding under the European Commission’s D.G.V programme in partnership with the cities who would be hosting matches during Euro 2000.