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
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.