Ukraine says it can house Euro 2012 fans

Updated: January 26, 2012

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials are playing down any problems with accommodating up to 700,000 fans during the European Championship in June.

Markian Lubkivsky, the head of the Euro 2012 organizing committee in Ukraine, said on Thursday that “Ukraine has enough rooms.”

Ukraine, however, has received many complaints that hotel rooms are either unavailable or too expensive.

Officials have had to resort to measures such as putting up tents for fans and remodeling student dormitories. Even so, a hostel bed in the eastern city of Kharkiv may cost about €250 ($330), according to organizers.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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