Big screen in Bournemouth shows tennis (but not football)
FOOTBALL fans wonder why the BCP Council erected a giant screen in the Lower Gardens for Wimbledon, but will not be showing any Euro games.
As England prepares to face Ukraine in the Euro quarter-final tonight, many fans wonder why this is a rule for tennis, another for The Beautiful Game.
However, the BCP Council says any European screening would require additional planning and crowd control, as it would likely attract large numbers.
In addition, with the local increase in the number of Covids, officials say they are aware of the additional measures that would be needed.
The screen is currently up in the Lower Gardens, showing Wimbledon, as part of the council’s Coast Live Festival program – a summer of activities across the metropolitan area designed to help businesses, community organizations, clubs and artists to bounce back from coronavirus lockdowns.
Commenting on the council’s facebook page, Nikkie Vallier said: “The Prime Minister just said today to enjoy the game outside as much as possible, so wouldn’t that be a very good idea?”
Carolyn Nash simply said, “Please show the football.”
But not everyone supported the calls for football, Michelle Wilson said: “We love it as I watch tennis while my dog Bowie eats his ice cream from the Hedgehog booth. Win, win.”
A BCP Council spokesperson said: “The Wimbledon screen, part of the Coast Live Festival, is there to create an ambient atmosphere with low numbers and very few management requirements.
“Organizing a Euro screening would require significant resources and multi-agency planning as it would be an attractive event attracting very high numbers and requiring significant crowd management and control.
“We are also aware of the additional measures required at a time when our local Covid numbers are increasing.
“We encourage our residents to support local hotel businesses, especially with the very difficult times they are going through.”
Meanwhile, police chiefs and civic bosses have also called on football fans to “act responsibly” ahead of the quarter-final match between England and Ukraine tonight.
Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya of Dorset Police said: “So far the tournament has been a great success; people behaved well and i want to thank our licensees across Dorset who have worked closely with us and the licensing teams to provide a safe match day experience for all.
“We expect pubs and bars to be full this Saturday evening, although they are operating at reduced capacity due to social distancing rules and the rule of six that remains in place.
“Business owners, law enforcement and partner agencies across the region are doing their part to keep you safe. We ask the public to support us in this process. While watching the game, remember to wear your mask unless you are exempt from it and respect social distancing. ”
Meanwhile, Councilor May Haines, Community Safety Portfolio Holder at BCP Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see our national team achieving success in Euros and to have something to celebrate after what we have. know it has been an incredibly difficult year for many.
“If you are planning to watch the game on Saturday night, keep in mind that Covid-19 rates are currently increasing locally, so it is essential that you stay safe.