Today’s Euro 2016 match between England and Wales is set to be a cracker, and in Leeds Millennium Square is the place to be to see every kick
Special viewing areas have been set up on the city centre square for football fans to follow England’s progress at Euro 2016 in France.
Later this summer, a seated grassy area is to be created for Wimbledon to allow tennis lovers to cheer on Andy Murray while enjoying traditional strawberries and cream.
“This summer is one of the biggest and most exciting seasons of sport in recent memory and we want to give people in Leeds the opportunity to come together and cheer on our sporting heroes,” said Coun James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sport.
Today’s match will be the first to be shown at the square this summer due to the part it played in hosting the grandstand and finish line of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds on Sunday.
Coun Lewis continued: “Coverage of England’s games at Euro 2016 will start with the Three Lions’ second group game against Wales next Thursday, June 16.
Kick-off will be at 2pm and the viewing area, which has capacity for 3,000 fans, will be open approximately one hour before the game gets underway.”
England will then play Slovakia on Monday, June 20 for what will be their final group game, with kick-off at 8pm.
And should Roy Hodgson’s side progress to the knockout stages, the last 16 game will be shown on either Saturday, June 25, Sunday, June 26, or Monday, June 27, depending on where England finishes.
“We know from past events that fans create an electric atmosphere on Millennium Square and it can become a sporting hub for the whole city centre,” added Coun Lewis.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone enjoying these fantastic occasions and wish all our sports men and women the best of luck.”
The square will also be host for the official Team GB FanZone Leeds for the Rio Olympic games as part of the upcoming City Beach event which is to be held later this year.