Nottingham Castle to screen England semi-final

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle will screen England’s historic World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday – despite the disruption caused in the city centre on Saturday.

A taxi driver’s car was smashed by a mob after England had secured their place in the World Cup semi-final by beating Sweden at the weekend. Some 3,000 people descended on the Castle to watch the game for free.

However, Wednesday’s event will be ticket-only, says Nottingham City Council, bar with a minimal transaction fee to help cover ticketing costs.

Gates open at 5pm and tickets will be available online and should be printed out at home prior to arrival.

Details about how and when tickets go on release will be confirmed on Tuesday (9 July) via Facebook, Twitter and other media outlets.

Full catering will be available, meaning that hot food, soft drinks and alcohol will be on sale. Fans can bring a small bottle of water into the venue and will be able to refill for free.

Councillor Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We’re glad that so many Nottingham people seemed to enjoy Saturday’s event at the Castle with around 3,000 fans coming together to share the experience.

“It was a real shame to see the behaviour of a very small minority of people in the city centre afterwards. We will be working with the police to try to identify those involved.

“Saturday’s event was organised at very short notice and we have spent a good deal of time over the past couple of days reviewing where we can improve.

“I’m confident that Wednesday’s event will be a real success and we’re looking forward to see fans of all ages cheering England to the World Cup final.”