‘City doesn’t need World Cup fan zones’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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.”

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