Thousands of football fans are expected to touch down in Copenhagen this summer as the city prepares to host several European Football Championship matches. While many of the international supporters may be visiting the Danish capital for the first time, it is far from the first time that Copenhagen hosts a major international sport event. Thus, the city has previously hosted the Ice Hockey and Handball World Championships just as it has recently attracted international sport events such as the Tour de France Grand Départ and the Badminton World Championships.
Copenhagen’s ability to attract major international sport events has been recognised in the latest ranking by Burson Cohn & Wolfe Sports Practice. In the ranking, Copenhagen is placed 12th after cities such as London and New York and in front of the likes of Beijing and Sydney.
The ranking focuses primarily on the viewpoints of International Federations and sports media, combined with an analysis of the association between sport and a city in the digital environment. The latter consists of the total number of mentions of the word “sport” associated with the name of the city on social media platforms as well as blogs and websites.
It is not the first time that Copenhagen is touted as one of the world’s leading sport destinations. The city currently boasts a 9th place on Sportcal’s Global Sports Cities Index.
In addition to this year’s European Football Championship and Tour de France Grand Départ, Copenhagen has also won the bid to host the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship and Eurogames as part of World Pride.
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