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  • Matt Codd

Football's Truly Coming Home: Sheffield To Host Ultimate EURO 2024 Fan Zone This Summer

It's common knowledge that Sheffield is the home of football. Everyone in the UK knows it, everyone in the world knows it. Home to the oldest Association Football club in the world in Sheffield FC, birthplace of cornerstones of the modern game like corners, throw ins and headers, thanks to the Sheffield Rules, it is impossible to picture what the world's most popular game would be without the Steel City.

Having hosted huge games previously for the Women's Euros, it seems only right the Sheffield play host to a place for fans to celebrate and commiserate together, and it seems to be getting that this Summer too. Fan City is set to ignite the city's iconic Devonshire Green with the electrifying spirit of the beautiful game. This immersive, family-friendly 4000 capacity football village, promises an unforgettable celebration of football heritage and camaraderie for fans of all ages.

Scheduled to kick-off on Friday June 14th for the Scotland v Germany game, -  ‘Fan City’ will be offering football fans the ultimate Euros Party, giving supporters the chance to come together in the heart of the city to experience all of England’s matches on the biggest outdoor screens in South Yorkshire. On Sunday, June 16, at 4 pm, England’s opening match against Serbia will be screened at the Devonshire Green site.  All non-England games will also be screened for free.

Fan City is poised to deliver with an immersive atmosphere unlike any other, complemented by a jam-packed programme of live music, film screenings, family entertainment and activities and match analysis and banter from its celebrity hosts. Devonshire Green will transform into a dynamic hub of excitement and festivity, showcasing every thrilling moment of Euro 2024 on giant state-of-the-art LED screens.

As part of a wave of exciting announcements, Chris Waddle is the first star guest to be confirmed, with a string of ex-pros promised for the ultimate Euros fan zone in Sheffield this summer. Upon the announcement, Waddle stated “I'm hoping this is the year we end our trophy drought and crown ourselves as champions of Europe. It's going to be extra special coming back to Sheffield, where I spent four happy years as a player. Come on England!"

But the Sheffield Football Fan Zone offers more than just a place to catch the action. It's a culinary and cultural extravaganza, with a food village serving up a tantalising array of global street food. Thirsty fans will be able to choose from an impressive selection of beverages, from ice-cold beers to signature cocktails, ensuring there's always a reason to raise a toast with fellow supporters. Fan City will also be partnering up with Carling to bring a whole host of fantastic drink deals and exclusive perks.

Kate Martin, Executive Director of City Futures at Sheffield City Council, said: With the UEFA European Championships taking place in Germany this year, it kick starts a wonderful summer of sporting highlights, alongside the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris in July and August. Sheffield is the home of football and the world’s oldest football club and to be able to host for football fans the Fan City experience and not only watch England games, but also a month of international matches and other sporting and community events is fantastic.”

Fan City proudly supports local football clubs, inviting them to join the festivities and providing opportunities for fundraising and community engagement. Local youth football clubs in the Sheffield area are encouraged to reach out to to explore collaboration possibilities.

Entry to all games is free, except for England matches, which offer VIP and general admission ticket options for an enhanced viewing experience. Tickets will be going on sale for England games on Wednesday 1st May. But no matter who you'll be backing this Summer, Fan City at Devonshire Green is an event not to be missed!


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