As Wales prepares for its historic Euro 2016 semi final, final preparations are being made for Rhyl’s very own fanzone.
The town’s Events Arena will host a big screen event for tonight’s game against Portugal and the final on Sunday. It followed calls for a zone to be set up from the local community and politicians.
Denbighshire County Council announced on Monday it would work together with Rhyl Town Council to deliver the fan zone.
Both councils have advised fans to arrive after 6pm, in time for kick off at 8pm. They will be allowed to bring their own alcohol in cans or plastic bottles – it’s hoped a bar will also be in place for Sunday’s final, regardless of whether or not Chris Coleman’s side are involved.
Denbighshire council leader Hugh Evans said: ”The fans are rightly getting excited at Wales’ success in such a major football competition, the greatest success for 58 years, and there have been calls for fan zones to be set up across the country, to allow people to show their support and to share the experience. We are delighted to be able to offer football fans a dedicated fan zone at the Events Arena. I am proud of the whole leisure team for turning this event around very quickly, to meet a growing demand from fans in Denbighshire. The team has really pulled out all the stops to get arrangements in place”.
Rhyl Town Mayor, Councillor Sarah Roberts, added: ”The Wales football team have given us much to cheer and shout about. We know the community of Rhyl are keen to celebrate the team’s success and to get behind them for this next, crucial match. The team’s slogan is Together Stronger and that’s exactly the case here – working with Denbighshire and the community we can deliver an unforgettable couple of days for the people of Rhyl.”
Organisers said there will be security checks on bags at several entry points – they called on fans to ensure it remains a family friendly event and anyone caught in any public disorder will be asked to leave immediately.