OUTDOOR SCREENING: The ballot registration for tickets closes at 8am Tuesday July 10
WORLD CUP fans will have the chance to watch England’s semi final match at a big outdoor screening in hyde Park, the mayor and the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport announced today.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “World Cup fever has gripped London and the rest of the nation and we have all been swept away by the fantastic exploits of Gareth Southgate’s team. Wednesday evening is a huge opportunity for our boys to do what many of us thought was impossible before the World Cup began and reach the final.
“I am sure Londoners of all ages and backgrounds will come together in their thousands at Hyde Park to cheer England on what could be an historic night. I am delighted that good teamwork has meant we have been able to pull out all the stops alongside Government and other agencies to arrange this big screening.
We want this to be a family-friendly occasion and a chance for England fans young and old to show the positive spirit of football to the country and the world.
“This team has a chance to write themselves into football folklore and London and the entire country will be cheering them on as loud as we can on Wednesday night.”
For the first time since 1990 England will play in a World Cup semi-final and given the significance of Wednesday night’s game, which could also mean England reach the first World Cup final since 1966, City Hall and the government have worked together to help fans follow the team’s journey with an outdoor screening.
The game will be broadcast live from Moscow at 7pm (BST) and the mayor and government have worked with The Royal Parks, the Football Association and other agencies so that thousands of fans can enjoy the experience together at London’s Hyde Park.
Secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Matt Hancock, said: “Gareth Southgate and his amazing team have brought people together this summer.
“Wednesday is a special day for our nation and I’m thrilled people will be able to come from far and wide to watch the game and cheer on England together.”
The mayor and government have also confirmed that discussions are taking place regarding how to support a screening in the capital if England reach the World Cup Final.
Up to 30,000 tickets will be available for the outdoor screening. Tickets will be allocated through a lottery ballot system. Ballot registration started from 4pm today and will be live until 8am tomorrow (Tuesday July 10). Ticket winners will be notified and will need to confirm attendance. To apply, fans should visit – www.bst-hydepark.com/events/detail/croatia-v-england
Due to a high volume of traffic, some people have been experiencing issues entering the ballot.
Fans are being told to only attend Hyde Park if they have a ticket as there will be no admission to anyone without a ticket.
For those without a ticket, the event can be watched on ITV and there are also hundreds of other opportunities to join together to cheer on England in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs across the capital. There will are also big screens available to watch the game in places including Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle.
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