England’s World Cup dreams to be screened live on big screen in Millennium Square
Caption: Fans can once again watch England's quest for World Cup glory on the big screen in Millennium Square.
Football fans will be able to follow the fortunes of England as they bid for World Cup glory in Brazil this summer in a popular Leeds city centre square.
In what promises to be another unforgettable experience for lovers of the beautiful game, Leeds City Council has confirmed that two of Roy Hodgson’s men’s group games will be shown on the big screen located in Millennium Square, along with a host of other matches held in the tournament.
A specially created outdoor viewing arena that has proved so successful during previous major football tournaments, will once again be available for supporters to watch England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) 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.
Due to the late kick-off of England’s opening game against Italy at 11pm on Saturday 14 June, fans are asked to note that this match will not be available on the big screen along with all of the quarter final matches taking place on the weekend of the Tour De France (Friday 4 to Sun 6 July) due to the arrival of the Grand Départ in the city.
Gates for each England match shown will be open approximately 1 ½ hours before kick-off and 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, toilet facilities and themed catering outlets.
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.
Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:
"We are delighted to confirm that two of England’s World Cup group games will definitely be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square this year, along with a host of other matches in the tournament.
"Bar England’s opening game, which will not be available on the big screen due to the late kick-off, we will once again be creating a special viewing area on Millennium Square for fans to watch Roy’s men in action, and let’s hope they can help make this a World Cup never to forget."
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.
England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) Tuesday 24 June (5pm KO) against Uruguay and Costa Rica will be screened on Millennium Square. Due to the late kick-off of England’s opening game (11pm) against Italy on Saturday 14 June, and taking into consideration Millennium Square’s close location to both the Leeds General Infirmary and some residential properties, this match will not be available on the big screen.
For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578