Due to anniversary celebrations and concerts, there is no fan zone in Cardiff for the great Welsh football game

There will be no Cardiff Fan Zone this weekend for Welsh fans to gather and cheer for the team as they attempt to secure their first World Cup appearance in 64 years.

Wales are set to play either Scotland or Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium this Sunday at 5pm and are just 90 minutes away from heading to the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The game coincides with the Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday weekend and as a result of a range of events – both jubilee and non-jubilee events – taking place in the Welsh capital this weekend, the decision has been made not to host a fan zone for fans used to during Euro 2016. Fan zones were also not hosted during Euro 2020 due to Covid concerns.

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The Platinum Jubilee Concert takes place at Cardiff Castle on Saturday, while Gerry Cinnamon plays a gig at the same venue on Sunday.

A spokesman for Cardiff City Council said: “Following discussions with city stakeholders including the Police, FAW and City Stadium, it has been decided that the city has already committed to allowing several other events over the anniversary weekend, including street parties and picnics Unfortunately, we were not able to open a fan zone in the park and concerts in the castle this time.

“However, we know that after the tremendous financial difficulties they have faced during the pandemic, many city businesses will look forward to welcoming fans to watch the game and enjoy the unique atmosphere that the bars and Cardiff restaurants can deliver what promises to be “It was an incredible day. We would also like to take this opportunity to send our full support to the Wales team as they aim to qualify for the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.”

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Supporter information on the Football Association of Wales website says: “Fans are advised not to travel to Cardiff City Stadium without a ticket and there will be no fan activity outside the stadium. There is no public screening or fan zone showing the match inside the city center and fans without tickets are asked to watch at home or in the pubs.”

Due to the enormity of the game, additional security perimeters will be put in place outside the stadium. Supporters are advised to arrive at the stadium early as it may take longer than usual to gain access to the venue, whilst supporters are also encouraged to be in their seats by 16:15 before kick-off at 17:00 . The Red Wall will then reconvene for an unaccompanied performance of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau to prime Rob Page’s men for a critical 90 minutes.

“The Football Association of Wales wants fans attending the FIFA World Cup play-off final to have a good experience when they visit Cardiff City Stadium for the game,” said a spokesman.

“The FAW therefore advises fans to download their digital tickets prior to travel to facilitate entry into the stadium.

“Additional security clearances will be implemented outside the stadium for the playoff finals. Fans should therefore ensure they arrive at the stadium early as it may take longer than usual to access the venue.

“The unauthorized resale of tickets is a criminal offence. Measures will be taken against persons who have purchased and resold tickets. Persons who have purchased tickets on the secondary market will be refused entry.

“Finally, fans without tickets are advised not to travel to Cardiff City Stadium or the city center as there is no fan activity or public screenings of the game. Due to other events in Cardiff the city center can be busier than normal.”

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