Where to go to watch the World Cup

Yes­ter­daY we told you where to go avoid the World Cup, but while some of us want noth­ing to do with foot­ball fever, there are scores of fans who want to be at the heart of the ac­tion. so here HAN­NAH GRAY and CARLY LEWTHWAITE round up some of the key city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

WHEN it comes to cel­e­brat­ing the 2010 World Cup, The Sports Lounge has pulled out all the stops to of­fer fans a venue wor­thy of the tro­phy it­self.

The fun will start with the open­ing cer­e­mony, which will be shown from 1pm to­mor­row in HD.

This will be fol­lowed by the tour­na­ment’s open­ing game at 3pm.

Af­ter that ev­ery game will be shown in HD.

All Eng­land games, apart from the Slove­nia game on Wed­nes­day, June 23, will be shown in style, with a street party in King Street, out­side the venue.

King Street will be closed off two hours be­fore kick-off, and the games will be shown live on an eight by six me­tre LED screen com­plete with sound sys­tem.

There will also be a 25 foot out­side bar with 10 bar staff to avoid huge queues for drinks, plus cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties and out­side toi­lets, so fans don’t have to miss a moment of the ac­tion.

Res­i­dent World Cup DJ Rob Wil­mot and com­pere Kev Lawrence, of Heart FM, will be on stage be­fore kick-off and at half time en­ter­tain­ing the crowds.

Dur­ing this time, there will also be give­aways and party com­pe­ti­tions.

Af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, Rob will will get ev­ery­one in the party mood be­fore in­tro­duc­ing a live band.

Al­ready booked to play over the course of the tour­na­ment are The Mighty Quinn, The Repli­cas, Storm, Circa 73 and The Chiefs of Leon.

Out­side cater­ers have been booked for the oc­ca­sion, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from light bites to hearty meals.

Fans are en­cour­aged to get into the spirit of the event, with foot­ball shirts, face paints, air horns and flags most wel­come.

The event is for over-18s only, and se­cu­rity and first aiders will be on hand.

Tick­ets are avail­able now at £5 each, which in­cludes a bot­tle of Carls­berg.

From ev­ery ticket sold 50p will be do­nated to Sue Ry­der Care, and the bar hopes to raise £5,000 for the char­ity over the course of the tour­na­ment.

Simon Baker, who is the co-owner of The Sports Lounge, has been or­gan­is­ing this su­per-sized cov­er­age of the tour­na­ment for two months, work­ing closely with the city coun­cil, fire bri­gade and po­lice, who he said have been very sup­port­ive.

He aims to give Peter­bor­ough a unique event.

“I just wanted to do some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent for the city,” he said.

“It would be so easy just to open up for the World Cup. I thought ‘I want to do an out­door street party, some­thing that’s never been done be­fore’.

“My dad works for Sue Ry­der so I wanted to raise some funds for them, and to have a good party and to raise aware­ness of our venue.”

Ticket num­bers are re­stricted, so snap yours up soon. For more in­for­ma­tion, and to buy tick­ets, visit www.thes­port­slounge.uk.com, or pop into the bar.

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