When the World Cup kicking off in Russia on 14th June once again whips up great enthusiasm for football, the fans in Eupen can look forward to the public viewing in the area of Bergstraße. The matches of the Belgian national team will be shown on a 64-square-metre LED screen. KAS Eupen is a partner of the initiative championed by the Council for City Marketing, who visited KAS Eupen’s press room on Monday to present the series of events. “Quite simply, football and KAS Eupen go hand in hand. That’s another reason we didn’t hesitate in supporting the public viewing in the city again as a partner,” said KAS Finance Director Thomas Herbert at the press conference for the event.
The first match, which sees the Belgian national team take on Panama, will be broadcast at Platz am Clown from 17:00 on Monday, 18th June. The group matches against Tunisia at 14:00 on Saturday, 23rd June and against England at 20:00 on Thursday, 28th June will be shown at the Bergstraße car park, which will accommodate significantly more spectators. The screen will also be set up at the Bergstraße car park for any further games for which Belgium qualifies. However, for games in the knockout stages of the tournament, only a screen of 32 square metres will be available.
The entrance fee for visitors over the age of 14 is paid via purchase of a day ticket bracelet costing 3 euros. A mini-subscription for Belgium’s three group games, the Sweden-Germany game on 23rd June following the match played by the Red Devils and the Round of 16 will be offered for 10 euros. The match day bracelets in the national colours black, yellow and red proved to be coveted souvenirs or collector’s items at the last public viewing in Eupen.
The organisers hope for about 1500 spectators per game, with the current record for the shared football experience in Eupen standing at 3500 visitors for the 2014 World Cup knockout game between Belgium and the United States.
Backpacks and umbrellas may not be brought to the event grounds, while small ladies’ handbags are allowed.
In the event that Belgium should remain in the tournament until the last weekend, the public viewing will take place in cooperation with the organisers of the Trakasspa at the festival site on Gemehret.