Is it coming home?
World Cup fever has swept over the city with many Cambridge venues screening the semi-final tonight (Wednesday) between England and Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm.
Among the pubs showing the big game are The Regal Wetherspoon in St Andrew’s Street, which drew crowds of hundreds of people on Sunday for the England quarter-final match with Sweden on Saturday, and the Grain and Hop Store in Regent Street, which has placed a cap on the number of people inside for the previous games.
Meanwhile, fans could also elect to watch the semi-final on a big screen at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, which screens the match from 6.30pm – and tickets are free.
Tickets are available to collect from the cinema in person, which will have the match framed on Screen 1 and in the bar.
The last time England made the semi-finals of the World Cup Kevin Costner was Dancing With Wolves and Julia Roberts was breaking hearts in Pretty Woman.
The Royal Cambridge Hotel has screened all the World Cup matches so far and will continue the tradition this evening. Football fans will be able to order a beer for each half and have it delivered to their seat. They will also be offering deals on food and drink throughout the remainder of the tournament.
Despite calls from some quarters, Cambridge City Council has confirmed that it will not be showing the semi-final on a big screen on Parker’s Piece, which from Friday to Sunday hosts the Big Weekend.
The city council said that they were unable to do so “due to the severe difficulties involved in arranging an event on this scale at such short notice”.
The council was unable to say whether a big screen would show the World Cup Final, taking place on Sunday.