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Big screen Northern Ireland ‘Fan Zones’ to beam games live across Mid and East Antrim

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Supporters of the Northern Ireland Soccer team who can’t make the big Euros matches in France are to be given an alternative by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, by screening the games live locally.

The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe said: “We are facilitating ‘fan zones’ for the Northern Ireland games at three of our council locations, the McNeill Theatre at Larne Leisure Centre, the Des Allen Suite within the Ballymena Showgrounds and the Jubilee Hall at Carrickfergus Town Hall.

“These big screen broadcasts of the major games are all indoor events so no matter what the weather, should be great for everyone who wants to cheer on the international team during the prestigious Euros.

“These are family-friendly events with food and refreshments kiosks and even special fun ‘penalty kick’ competitions for supporters to enjoy in the build up to the game and also during the half time break.

“Irrespective of the score line, I expect these events to be very successful and enjoyable and therefore likely to be heavily subscribed.

“They are free of charge but ticketed with several locations across the Borough where fans can access these,” said Cllr Ashe.

The details of the games are as follows:

  • Northern Ireland vs Poland – Sunday 12th June (5pm)

Fan zones open from 4.30pm;

  • Northern Ireland vs Ukraine – Thursday 16th June (5pm)

Fan zones open from 4.30pm;

  • Northern Ireland vs Germany – Tuesday 21st June (5pm)

Fan zones open from 4.30pm.

It is important to note that conditions apply so everyone can enjoy the events:

  • All children under 12 years MUST be accompanied by an adult;
  • Refreshments kiosk will be available;
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited;
  • Only Northern Ireland ‘colours’ will be permitted;
  • All fan zones close immediately after the final whistle.

This is an all ticket event (in advance only). The free tickets will be available from Monday 30 May at the following locations:

  • Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena;
  • The Braid, Ballymena;
  • Carrickfergus Town Hall;
  • Carrickfergus Amphitheatre;
  • Smiley Buildings, Larne;
  • Larne Leisure Centre.

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