Sheffield proposes venue ‘fan parks’ for World Cup 2018

Sheffield International
Venues (SIV) is proposing using its Don
Valley venue cluster as ‘fan parks’ if England secures its bid for the 2018 World Cup. 

The Don Valley Stadium
and Bowl, English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Ice Sheffield and
Sheffield Arena, could become bases for international supporters, with big
screens modelled on those widely acclaimed in Germany
in 2006.

The new plans are part of
Sheffield’s final submission to become one of the host cities if England
is successful in its bid.

Matches would be played
in Sheffield at Bramall Lane and at
Hillsborough.

In 2006, the World Cup
brought in £1.8 billion to the German economy from fans who spent money on
accommodation, food, drink and shopping.

Chief executive of SIV,
Steve Brailey, says the plans provide for “an exciting prospect”, adding: “SIV and the city of
Sheffield are
well equipped to host key events”.

Final submissions for possible locations for
the England bid are due next month, with a decision
to be made in early December. 

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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