A fan park for the European Championship tournament is set to go ahead for 12,500 people to watch England play on big screens this summer.
Licensing papers reveal that the City of Westminster Council are looking at showing all seven games, live, that will be played out in Wembley Stadium.
The scheme, which appears ambitious during the current COVID-19 climate, has been submitted by the Greater London Authority and features the signature of the Mayor of London too.
Global brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide is responsible for hosting the events.
England's first match is due to be played on June 13 against Croatia, followed by Scotland and the Czech Republic.
With the venue capacity standing at 12,500 fans, the event would be banned under current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until the final match on June 22. Although, according to the government roadmap, from May 17, 10,000 people are allowed to attend an outdoor venue, increasing the chances of the fan park going ahead.
The fan park documents detail the situation: ‘A focused COVID-19 Working Group meets fortnightly to proactively provide city-wide COVID-19 planning information and considerations which will inform planning.
‘This group consists of the Greater London Authority (GLA), The Football Association (FA), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Public Health England (PHE), Department for Travel (DfT) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
‘Due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 virus, the plans set out in this document take into consideration the delivery of the event under ordinary circumstances in order to ensure the event can be delivered.
‘However, planning for the UEFA EURO 2020 London Fan Zones will be in conjunction with the above authorities and the guidance and legislation set by the UK Government at the time. This may mean that details of the event change throughout the course of the planning process in response to changing guidance.’
If England are able to qualify out of the group stages, the venue will be allowed to show those games as well.
Tickets for the event will not be sold but instead, given out for free through a public ballot.
Author: Jake Wilkin