Soccer-Berlin fan zone reaches capacity amid Euro fever

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Fans in Berlin gather at a fan zone to watch Germany v Scotland - Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany - June 14, 2024 Germany fans in the fan park react ahead of the match REUTERS/Liesa Johannssen

BERLIN (Reuters) - A fan zone at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate was filled to capacity ahead of the Euro 2024 opening game between Germany and Scotland on Friday, with police saying the venue could hold no more people and the local underground station was also closed.

Hundreds of thousands of Berliners flocked to the iconic gate in downtown Berlin to watch the match on big screens and 90 minutes before kick-off fans could be seen running and jostling with stewards and security personnel as they tried to enter.

Berlin police announced on social media site X around an hour before kick-off that "the fan zone at Brandenburg Gate has reached its capacity. No more fans will be allowed in."

Police later said on X that the nearby train station was also closed, though trains would continue to run through it.

Earlier in the evening, an area at a nearby fan zone near the German parliament was cordoned off due to a suspect device.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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