Leeds-List: The Best & Most Insightful Guide to Leeds

Watch the World Cup on the Big Screen at Millennium Square

· James Tweddle · Culture

This is the best place to watch England’s World Cup games this summer.

Football Millennium Square

The big screen at Millennium Square is back and better than ever. In fact, it’s almost as good as being at the game…

Can’t make it to Russia for the World Cup this year? You’re not alone. And if you’re not on the plane, why not be in the sun – watching all of England’s games for free on the biggest screen in the city? With street food, ice cold soft drinks and an incredible atmosphere, there’s going to be full-on World Cup party in Millennium Square.

Football Millennium Square

The super-sized screen on the side of Carriageworks Theatre has been a Leeds fixture for every international tournament since the 2006 World Cup, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever – especially if England can deliver in Russia. Gareth Southgate’s men are due to kick off their campaign against Tunisia at 7pm on Monday 18th June 2018, so make sure you’re there to cheer the boys on.

With a young team packed with talent and energy, unaffected by England’s disappointing recent history at the World Cup, there’s a real sense of optimism among England fans about this year’s tournament. The boys are expected to produce a strong showing in their opening game, and where else would you want to watch it than surrounded by fellow fans in the open air? If the match against Tunisia goes well, make sure you’re back at Millennium Square to see Southgate’s team in action against Panama at 1pm on Sunday 24th June 2018, before their final group game sees them take on a strong-looking Belgium team at 7pm on Thursday 28th June 2018.

Football Millennium Square

Even with the Red Devils standing in England’s way, the Three Lions are hotly tipped to get out of their group, you can rest assured that any knockout games will be shown live in the Square too, however far England get. The World Cup knockout rounds get underway on Saturday 30th June 2018, and run all the way until the World Cup Final on Sunday 15th July 2018 – if we make it through, our first knockout match will be at 7pm on Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd July 2018. What’s more, other World Cup matches will be on the big screen too, unless they clash with a big Wimbledon match.

If it’s anything like previous years, expect Millennium Square to be packed with fans. Up to 1,000 people are expected for the England games, and the gates will open 90 minutes before kick-off, so you need to get there early if you want to secure a place. As always, it’s ‘first-come, first-served’ – and those picnic benches will go really fast. Be warned, they’re not letting alcohol into the spectator area at all, so if you want a drink, head to the nearby bars – they’ll have their usual licenced space outside. With any luck, there’ll be plenty of sunshine to enjoy while you cheer on the England team.

The World Cup will be on the screen in Millennium Square from Saturday 30th June to Sunday 15th July 2018. All games will be shown unless they conflict with an important Wimbledon match, like an Andy Murray game. Gates open 90 minutes before kick off.