On Wednesday 11 July, Sheffield city centre will be home to the Made In Sheffield fan zone. Inspired by Sheffield’s three lions – Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker and Jamie Vardy – a giant 46 square metre screen will take pride of place in the city’s Devonshire Green.
An expected 6,000 fans at Devonshire Green will be able to enjoy the game – England’s biggest match since the Italia ‘90 semi-final against West Germany.
The council considered various locations for this event and Devonshire Green, which is used to putting on major events such as Tramlines and Cliffhanger, was the only one in the city centre that could safely accommodate expected numbers and create a family atmosphere.
Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at SCC, said:
“Sheffield is immensely proud of its footballing heritage and the three players who have played such prominent roles in this memorable World Cup.
“We are proud of Harry, Kyle and Jamie and have watched their journeys from grass roots, through spells at our professional clubs to become the heroes we see today.
“Across the city, pubs and clubs have been packed into the early hours celebrating England’s successes.
“Sheffield is the home of football and in Sheffield FC, boasts the oldest club in the world so it’s fitting that three of our great sporting ambassadors are at the heart of it. Our fan zone at Devonshire Green on Wednesday will clearly be the place to be as we continue this remarkable sporting journey.
“For Sheffield it really is coming home.”
The event will provide an opportunity for Sheffielders to come together and support England, to enjoy the success of the England team getting to the semi-finals and to celebrate Sheffield’s part in creating the team the nation is pinning its hopes on.
The event will start at 5.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. This may be extended due to extra time and penalties. From 6pm, the screen will show live TV from ITV through to the finish.
The event will be treated the same as any other licensed event and a full safety plan will be implemented which includes stewarding, First Aid and toilets, in consultation with South Yorkshire Police.
There will be zero tolerance to any glass on site and plastic glasses will be provided where possible but people should provide their own plastic glasses where possible.
To assist with this, and in agreement with local bar owners, the council has agreed that there will be one bar as part of the event on Devonshire Green to help reduce people leaving the site and carrying drinks between locations.
In addition local bars will be encouraged to play their part in the event but must use plastic glasses. The Forum will also be used as a bar although it’s not in the arena.
People attending the event will be encouraged to bring their own food and drink or use local businesses or make a night of it and use local bars, restaurants, shops and cafes.