Big screen plan for England's World cup opener at Galpharm Stadium
ENGLAND’S opening World Cup game is set for a big screen showing at the Galpharm Stadium.
If approved at a meeting of the Huddersfield South Area Committee on Tuesday, the national team’s match with USA on Friday, June 11, will see the Direct Golf UK Lower Tier opened up for a ticketed event.
Organisers say aside from the screening, the £24,000 event would create a “festival-type atmosphere” in which to promote men’s health to an audience the council could not usually reach.
They hope it will increase usage of the Kirklees Passport scheme and aim to lay on a number of sporting activities outside the stadium to promote leisure and sporting opportunities.
Planners are keeping open the possibility that more such events could be laid on in the event of England having a good run in South Africa.
Dalton councillor, Roger Battye, revealed that in the early stages of the plan the use of St George’s Square was considered.
He said: “There was some discussion about using the square but we wanted it to be more than just the viewing of a football game.
“It’s about using the stadium concourse to signpost younger and middle aged men toward health possibilities, so the venue allows us to do more and tell them that they can participate in sport as well.
“There’s no denying that football is a middle class sport.