‘City doesn’t need World Cup fan zones’
BIRMINGHAM City Council says the private sector can handle World Cup matches – which is why there are no official fan zones in the city.
While official zones have been set up in cities like London, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, for fans to watch England matches in public areas, Birmingham has opted against.
Thousands turned out in the likes of Times Square, Newcastle, and Millennium Sq., Leeds, to watch England defeat Tunisia and Panama.
Meanwhile, the bars of Broad Street were packed with England fans. A council spokesperson said: “There’s already a wide variety of commercial premises across Birmingham where people can go to cheer on England (or any other team) during the World Cup.
“This is something we think that sector does really well, therefore it wouldn’t make sense to compete with their offer.”