Football is finally coming home, just in case you had any doubts, to Hyde Park, west London’s most popular Royal Park as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, have announced that the outdoor space will host a public screening of England’s crucial semi-final World Cup match against Croatia on Wednesday 11 July.
The game in Moscow, will be broadcast in the UK from 7pm. Victory will put England on the brink of its first World Cup final since 1966 when the country won the Jules Rimet cup as hosts.
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.”
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 does reach the World Cup final to be staged on Saturday July 15.
Up to 30,000 tickets will be available. Ballot registration will start at 4pm and be live until midnight on Monday 9th July. Tickets will be allocated by a lottery system. Ticket winners will be notified by 10am and will need to confirm attendance by 1pm on Tuesday 10th July. To apply, fans should visit – https://www.bst-hydepark.com/events/detail/croatia-v-england/
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 also big screens available to watch the game in places including Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle. Almost 20 million watched as England secured a 2—0 victory against Sweden in the quarter-final.
- Tickets will be allocated through a lottery ballot system. There will be a maximum of four tickets per person. Tickets will be named and photo ID will be required.
- Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult aged 21 or over.
- Doors will open at 3pm. There will be food and drinks stalls on site.
- The ticket ballot will be open from 4pm until midnight on Monday 9th July. Ticket recipients will find out if they are successful at 10am on Tuesday 10th July and be required to confirm attendance by 1pm on Tuesday 10th July.
- Barclaycard presents British Summer Time’s Open House event for Wednesday night is being postponed and will now be rescheduled.
- Fans are are being advised to only come to Hyde Park if they have a ticket for the football screening. Ticketless fans will not be allowed entry to the event.