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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Munich stadium billed to display rainbow colours to celebrate 'Christopher Street Day'

Munich stadium billed to display rainbow colours to celebrat

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The Union of European Football Association, UEFA, on Wednesday confirmed that the Munich stadium, one of the venues for the Euro 2024 tournament will display rainbow colours to celebrate Christopher Street Day.

The Christopher Street Day, CSD, is an annual European LGBTQ+ celebration and demonstration held in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBTQ+ people, and against discrimination and exclusion. 

The stadium will host the opening game of the tournament on Friday night between hosts, Germany and Scotland.

The 67,000 capacity stadium is billed to be lit up in rainbow colours on June 22 and June 23 in commemoration of the LGBT + community with no matches planned for that weekend in Munich. 

UEFA revealed to AFP that the stadium would be illuminated in rainbow colours on request of the stadium management.

The stadium, only beaten in capacity by the 70,000 Olympiastadion in Berlin, have facade features more than 300,000 LED lights which can be in various colours to commemorate sporting, political or other events. 

The external stadium lighting made headlined in 2021 when UEFA rejected a request from the city of Munich to light it in similar colours during a match between Germany and Hungary, insisting that it was a "political statement."

The request was made in response to a law passed in Hungary restricting LGBT + content for minors, which critics say was too broad and could impinge on freedom of expression. 

Both sides will incidentally faceoff again on June 19 in Euro 2024 group stage match.

 

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