Football’s coming home to Manchester

England’s historic World Cup semi-final game will be shown at Castlefield Bowl.

Following huge public demand and campaigns on social media, Auto Trader has stepped up to sponsor the city’s biggest public screening, with the UK’s biggest public screen.

Thousands of lucky football fans will gather to watch England’s historic match against Croatia, the first semi-final played since 1990.

The event will be free (subject to a £1 booking fee) but those interested in attending must register for tickets, which will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Ticket registration opened on Monday, 9 July with details of the ticketing website at

A huge 120msq screen will installed in the Castlefield venue for the match and doors will be open from 4pm, with a bar area and food trailers open throughout the game.

The event will end after the final whistle (9pm) or slightly later depending on extra time or a penalty shootout.

Strict security measures will be in place, so guests are advised to follow guidelines in order to be allowed entry that will be publicised alongside ticket information.

Entry to the viewing area will be on Liverpool Road and Castle Street. A disabled access viewing area will be available. Free water will also be on site.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s City Centre spokesperson, said: “‘Auto Trader Bowl’ is the perfect place and we look forward to cheering on our boys on Wednesday. Football is truly coming home to Manchester.”

Auto Trader’s Audience and Brand Director, Lei Sorvisto said: “The city has a special relationship with football, so we want to bring the semi-final ‘home’ for the people of Manchester.”

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: ITV News

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