Football is coming home to Manchester on Wednesday as England's historic semi-final game will be shown at Castlefield Bowl.
Following huge public demand and campaigns on social media, Auto Trader has stepped up to sponsor the city’s biggest public screening, with the UK’s biggest public screen.
Thousands of lucky football fans will gather to watch England’s historic match against Croatia, the first semi-final played since 1990.
The event will be free (subject to a £1 booking fee) but those interested in attending must register for tickets, which will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Ticket registration will open today (Monday, 9 July) with details of the ticketing website being released at 5pm: https://goo.gl/1pU7mX
A huge 120msq screen will installed in the Castlefield venue for the match and doors will be open from 4pm, with a bar area and food trailers open throughout the game.
The event will end after the final whistle (9pm) or slightly later depending on extra time or a penalty shootout.
Strict security measures will be in place, so guests are advised to follow guidelines in order to be allowed entry that will be publicised alongside ticket information.
Entry to the viewing area will be on Liverpool Road and Castle Street. A disabled access viewing area will be available. Free water will also be on site.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s City Centre spokesperson, said: “Manchester people have been calling for a big screen to watch England’s incredible World Cup run together. ‘Auto Trader Bowl’ is the perfect place and we look forward to cheering on our boys on Wednesday. Football is truly coming home to Manchester.”
Auto Trader’s Audience and Brand Director, Lei Sorvisto said: “Manchester locals called for a place to come together to watch this seminal semi-final match, and as a business in the city, we wanted to do all we can to help make it happen. The city has a special relationship with football, so we want to bring the semi-final ‘home’ for the people of Manchester.”
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “Manchester has truly come together for this World Cup and it will a great experience to support England as part of an 8,000 strong crowd of fans. The city is the epicentre of football in the UK and it seems fitting to put on this special event for Manchester people.”