Prior to Champions League / Europa League games there is a delegate’s meeting, hosted by the designated UEFA official. One of the questions asked is whether there will be any on-pitch activities around the match itself.
Usually it’s a half-time presentation or something like that. However, when at the meeting in Bulgaria ahead of the PFC Ludogorets v The New Saints FC fixture, in response to the question, the home side replied that they would be flying an eagle across the pitch before kick-off.
What an impressive sight it was as well, and with my position in the press box I was able to capture video footage, not only of Fortuna in flight across the pitch, but also prior to release, as her handler took the bird up on the roof.