Ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between Spain and the Lionesses on Sun 20 Aug, Manchester City Council has officially confirmed that football fans will be able to watch the match live on big screens in Piccadilly Gardens.

The area is set to transform into a fan-zone for the day, with two big screens showing the build-up, action and aftermath of England’s first world final since 1966.

Fans can choose to watch the action from the alcohol-free grassed area, or the adjoining raised platform where the usual bars will operate and serve a range of irresistible drinks, although fans are encouraged to bring their own brunch and soft drinks for a World Cup Final picnic (no glass or bottles allowed).

Entrance to the fan-zone is 10am, with kick-off at 11. Capacity is capped at 6,000, and entry operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

Councillor John Hacking, Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure, said: “As a city that loves its football it has been absolutely fantastic to watch the skill and determination shown by the Lionesses over these last few weeks in the World Cup. Getting to the Final is a massive achievement and we want them to know that the whole of Manchester is behind them.

“So if you’re looking for some big screen action to cheer the Lionesses on and an atmosphere to rival that in Australia, Piccadilly Gardens is the place to be. But whatever you do – and wherever you are, this is one match you don’t want to miss!”

Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Thu 17 Aug 2023