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World Cup Big Screens: where you can watch the football games

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 25 June 2010

If you're after the live atmosphere of a football stadium, but can't fly to South Africa to watch the World Cup games, then outdoor big screens may be for you. Channel 4 News reports on where you can find a big screen near you.

England fans cheer over the first World Cup 2010 match. (Getty images)

Big screens are being erected around the UK allowing football fans to watch games in a near stadium-like atmosphere.

Whilst millions will be happy to watch the World Cup from the comfort of their sofas, or to cheer their teams along inside pubs, the screens will let others gather in numbers and watch the action on 20 foot high screens.

Channel 4 News presents a list of the big screens around the nation that will be showing games.

Not all the screens will be showing all the games, and a few of the screens will be charging a small ticketing fee.

The majority of the Big Screens however have been organised through the BBC, the London Olympic Live Sites and local councils and will be free to the public.

Londoners in sight of the London Telecom Tower (formerly the BT Tower) will also be able to keep up with the latest scores via a 200ft long screen attached to the top of the tower. The updates will be visible for miles around.

If you know of any other screens that are not on the list, please do contact us and let us know.


Birmingham city council have said they have been advised by the police not to show any World Cup games on their big screen on account of safety concerns.


Bristol council have teamed up with Hyundai UK to show every one of the 64 games live in the Queen Square. Tickets are free, but are limited to four per household.


Members of the The Chatham Maritime Football Club can watch all the World Cup matches on what they describe as the "biggest screen in the south east". Adult membership costs £25 per year.


Derby City Council are not showing of the World Cup games yet, but they promise that if England make it to the final they have "park in mind" where they will erect a big screen.


Dover council will be showing all the England games and other matches that are broadcast on the BBC for free in Dover Market Square.

They are hoping also to screen the semi-finals and finals but details to be confirmed.


Whilst Edinburgh do have a big screen in the Sheraton Plaza they have confirmed today that they will not be showing any World Cup games. They do say however football fans can visit "plenty of bars and pubs" that are showing the game.


The Millennium Square in Leeds will be showing every England game that is played for free.


Leicester council and Showcase Cinema De Lux are showing all of England's group games on a big screen. Tickets are free.

London - Alexandra Palace

You can watch England's three games against the USA, Algeria and Solvenia - along with other games via a 20 foot tall live screen in the West Hall, Alexandra Palace. Tickets cost £6.50 each and include your first drink.

London - Fulham Broadway

The Fever Pitch pop up bar will be showing the England games and the final games across 13 screens for free.

London - Merton Abbey Mills

The Wimbledon placed market place Merton Abbey Mills is showing all the World Cup games either inside their theatre or out on the big screen. All the England games will be outdoors on the big screen.

The Shepherd's Bush pavilion will be hold a World Cup Carnival, showing games along pre and post match gigs from DJs. Full list of games, set lists and ticket prices.

London - Trafalgar Square

There are no plans to show the World Cup games currently, but Boris Johnson's team have said that they will review the situation if England make it through to the semi-finals.

London - Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest council have confirmed they will be showing all the England games and all the matches broadcast by the BBC for free in Walthamstow Town Square.


Manchester council have teamed up with Hyundai UK to show every one of the 64 games live in Castlefield.

They will also be showing all non-England group games in Spinningfields and Exchange Square.

Tickets are free, but are limited to four per household.


Residents in Middlesbrough can watch the England games on a big screen in Centre Square.

Places and toilets are available free of charge.


Swansea council have recently announced that they plan to show all the last 16 games, including England's match vs Germany on Sunday 26 June, in Castle Square. They will decide whether to show the remaining games at a later stage, but the screenings have already proved very popular.


The Sports Lounge bar in Peterborough will be showing all the World Cup games inside and outside their bar on King Street on a 5m x 4m large screen.



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