Leeds & West Yorkshire

Headingley Carnegie Stadium to host World Cup events

The big screen at Headingley
Image caption The stadium's screen is said to be the largest in England

Thousands of football fans will be able to watch England's three World Cup group matches live on a giant screen at a Leeds stadium.

Fabio Capello's team will play against the USA on Saturday 12 June, Algeria on Friday 18 June and Slovenia on Wednesday 23 June.

The action will be shown at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos.

Entry is free to people who arrive more than an hour before kick-off.

A £2 admission fee will be charged otherwise.

Proceeds generated from the events will be split between the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and the Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Police contingencies

If the weather is good, spectators will be able to sit on the cricket outfield. If not, the stands will be used to avoid damage to the playing surface.

The giant screen at Headingley is said to be the largest in England.

Rob Oates, Leeds Rugby commercial director, said: "Summer is a time when Headingley Carnegie comes alive with Super League and county and Test cricket taking place but we would be naive to ignore the opportunities that exist with the World Cup.

"We can either close our doors to it or invite people to come in and enjoy our fantastic facilities whilst cheering the national team on and we are looking forward to having everyone here for all of England's games.

"Being able to go on the cricket outfield means the whole family can enjoy the game together, rather than in a packed pub or busy city centre venue."

Fans will be able to drink in the grounds, and West Yorkshire Police have been made aware of the events.

Mr Oates said the stadium had an exemplary safety record when hosting events with up to 20,000 spectators.

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