A touch of Rio to light up Millennium Square as fans watch England’s bid for World Cup glory

Caption: Fans will be able to watch England's final two group games on Millennium Square's big screen.

The sights and sounds of host country Brazil will bring a carnival atmosphere to a popular Leeds city square this week as England continue their bid for World Cup glory.

With Roy Hodgson’s men’s next two group games set to be screened live on the big screen in Millennium Square, fans will treated before each match to entertainment provided by DJ Lubi and Brazilian dancers. Keeping with the theme, there will also be a Brazilian BBQ catering option available.

A specially created outdoor viewing arena will once again be available for supporters to watch England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) and Tuesday 24 June (5pm KO) against Uruguay and Costa Rica. If England progress from the group stage, the round 16 knock-out game will also be shown on Millennium Square on either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 June.

Fans are asked to note that due to the arrival of the Tour de France, all World Cup quarter final matches taking place on Friday 4 to Sun 6 July will not be screened on Millennium Square.

Gates for Thursdays now crucial game against Uruguay will be open from 4.45pm showing coverage of the earlier game (Columbia v Ivory Coast) followed by the Brazilian themed entertainment in the lead up to the big kick-off for the England game at 8pm.

For all games fans are advised to arrive early to secure their places as admission will be on a strictly first-come first-served basis until the capacity is reached. No tickets will be issued or required and the outdoor arena will also feature a fully-licensed bar, food concessions and toilet facilities.

General coverage of other world cup matches together with coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships will also be shown on the big screen wherever possible with normal street café trading of the surrounding businesses in operation.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Excitement for the World Cup is now at fever pitch, and we are looking forward to bringing a taste of host country Brazil to England’s next two group matches that will be screened live on Millennium Square’s big screen.

"Brazilian themed entertainment is also set to be provided in advance of each game, and we hope this will add to the carnival atmosphere as we bite out nails watching Roy’s men attempt to qualify from their group.

"Our big screen events have in the past proved to be extremely popular, and we would ask people to arrive early to avoid disappointment."

For further details, please contact Leeds City Council’s Events team on 0113 395 0891 or visit www.leeds.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply on Millennium Square for all England Matches:

• Admission is on a strictly first-come first-served basis. No-one will be admitted once safe capacity is reached.

• Strictly no glass, cans, alcohol, or food may be brought into the venue

• CCTV will be in operation at the event with images recorded for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety.

• Event stewards will be entitled to search all spectators and/or their possessions on entry to venue. Staff will not take any responsibility for prohibited items.

• The organisers reserve the right to cancel transmission for any game and/or or refuse admission for whatever reason.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk