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How to see Wednesday's semi-final in Manchester

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Just when it was looking like Manchester was going to be the only city without a big screen, car website Auto Trader and the city council answered the prayers of thousands of fans.

The event will be free - but fans will have to register for tickets to make sure the bowl's 8,000 or so capacity is adhered to.

A huge 120msq screen will installed in the Castlefield venue for the match and doors will be open from 4pm, with a bar area and food trailers open throughout the game.

Bar prices are yet to be set, but it's expected to be around £5 a pint for beer - and no spirits.

The event will end after the final whistle (9pm) or slightly later depending on extra time or a penalty shootout.

Alcohol will be on sale inside the venue in plastic cups, and people will not be able to bring in their own alcohol in cans or bottles.

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The event will be free (subject to a £1 booking fee) but those interested in attending must register for tickets, which will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ticket registration has opened and is available on AutoTrader.

Strict security measures will be in place, so guests are advised to follow guidelines in order to be allowed entry that will be publicised alongside ticket information.

Entry to the viewing area will be on Liverpool Road and Castle Street. A disabled access viewing area will be available. Free water will also be on site.

'Fanzone' in Manchester brings people together for England's World cup semi final

Fans celebrating in Manchester City Centre after England go through to first semi final since 1990 Credit: Manchester Evening News

After calls from football fans, Manchester City Council has confirmed it has secured a last minute sponsor to help pay for the cost of a Fanzone for the World Cup Semi final on Wednesday.

Large screens will be erected at Castlefield Bowl for up to eight thousand supporters to watch England's game against Croatia, kicking off at 7 o'clock.

The car website Autotrader has agreed to be the main sponsor, picking up the cost of the big screens and security at the event.

Fans will be searched on entry and no alcohol can be taken inside the event, but can be bought on site in plastic bottles and cups.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Centre spokesperson says the World Cup continues to bring people together.

Tickets will be sold on a first come basis.

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