Fan zone for England's Euro matches coming to Norwich
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Football supporters will be able to enjoy the sporting theatre of England's Euro 2020 journey at a new outdoor fan zone.
The England Fan Park will cover 10,000 square feet next to The Arena indoor sports hub on Avian Way, off Salhouse Road, in Norwich.
It will show all of England's matches on a large screen, including the team's group stage matches on June 13 against Croatia, and June 18 against Scotland, for up to 475 people.
Organiser Daegan Watts, 20, a shareholder in The Arena, said: "We are trying to bring Norfolk together after a tough year and a half with our passion for football. We are also trying to use the space more.
"I have never heard of another Euros fan zone in Norwich before. There is a buzz about it."
The former semi-professional footballer, from Grove Road in Hethersett, who studied at Hethersett Academy and Easton College, said the sport was a strong part of England's culture.
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Mr Watts added: "I have high hopes for England in the Euros. We have got some really good young talent coming through. It will be exciting to see how well we do."
The first two dates will follow Covid-secure guidelines for the ticketed 18-plus event, which start at 12.30pm and 5.30pm respectively.
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Groups of six can use tables but there will no be standing areas, table service will be operated by the bar and food stalls, track and trace will be in operation, masks will have to be worn away from tables and hand sanitiser will be available.
If restrictions are lifted on June 21 people will be able to get drinks and food from the bar and stand up to watch. That night's event starts at 6pm.
Mr Watts, who leads the Further Football Elite academy for 400 children aged two to 16 at The Arena, said organisers were working with surrounding businesses and added measures were in place to keep people safe.
He also encouraged people to use public transport to the fan zone.