A proposal to host “London’s biggest” Euro 2020 fan zone on one of Greenwich’s iconic green spaces could attract more than 400,000 visitors and give the area an economic boost worth millions of pounds, a report has shown.

Plans lodged by the Greater London Authority would see 25.8 hectares of Greenwich Park transformed into a “football festival” during the 2020 European Football Championship.

It’s one of a number of fan zones proposed by the authority across the city, as London ramps up preparations for the quadrennial tournament.

According to a planning statement submitted on behalf of the GLA, the Greenwich Park Fan Zone will provide “a family focused” venue with huge broadcast screens, entertainment and food.

The zone could host up to 12 match days across the month-long event, which is set to run from June to July next year. 

The application lodged would see a range of work undertaken to make the park football festival friendly; including the erection of a main stage, food and beverage vans, cabins and temporary barriers and security fencing.

Organisers expect thousands of visitors from both the UK and abroad to be attracted to Greenwich Park, which hosts five million visitors every year across its 83 acres of historic green space.

In a report detailing the financial benefits of the event, organisers predict that 400,000 people will visit the fan zone during the event, including 213,800 from outside of the area.

This is expected to translate into a £4.12m boost to the borough’s economy, while the zone is expected to support up to 255 full-time jobs during the tournament.

However, the move has been approached with trepidation by at least one community group, with East Greenwich Residents’ Association (EGRA) stating their opposition to it.

The group last week hosted a “drop-in” session for residents at Greenwich Students’ Union, while a meeting to gauge public feedback was scheduled for Monday night as well.

Among their concerns are a lack of “knife arches” into the event with security instead consisting of bag searches, as well as the impact of thousands of visitors on congestion, parking and travel in the borough.

The organisation also have concerns the fan zone would clash with ONBlackheath and Greenwich Music Time, further placing pressure on local transport.

Public comments can be made by visiting the council’s planning portal, under the reference number 19/3497/F.

A decision is expected to be made by Greenwich council’s planning panel early next year.