If you didn’t get a highly-coveted ticket to see Northern Ireland v Greece match in October, fear not – you could still catch some of the atmosphere with the big screen and crowds at… the City Hall.
Yep, talks are under way right now to show NI’s historic battle to qualify for Euro 2016 on the Big Screen at Belfast City Hall – in front of 6,000 fans.
If approved by Belfast City Council, the lucky fans will be admitted to the grounds of our best known city centre building to cheer the side on in the crucial ties next month.
It will be the first time Belfast will have hosted such an outdoor football party.
The temporary capacity restrictions at Windsor Park, where the first of the qualifying matches against Greece will be played on October 8, have caused outrage amongst fans – with just 10,500 fans able to secure tickets. But now a further 6,000 fans could be watching it together in the grounds of City Hall.
If Northern Ireland fail to qualify through the Greek match, the IFA will seek to have the away clash with Finland shown live on the Big Screen too!
The Big Screen, set in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, was launched in 2011, much to the delight of curious city-dwellers who flocked to see the major events such as the 2012 London Olympics, the Giro d’Italia, Six Nations’ Rugby, Wimbledon Finals, FIFA World Cup and golf.