Silverstone to show England World Cup match & ...
Silverstone to show England World Cup match live at the British Grand Prix
Silverstone is set to host one of the biggest crowds, anywhere in the world, for Englands opening game of the football World Cup this summer. The announcement follows confirmation from circuit bosses that Englands match against Paraguay, taking place on the same day as qualifying for the 2006 Formula 1 Foster's British Grand Prix (Saturday 10 June 2006), will now be shown live on three giant screens located around the outside of the track.
Up to 65,000 fans are expected to head to Silverstone for qualifying on the Saturday (equalling attendance for the Saturday of the 2005 British Grand Prix) and, in addition to cheering British drivers Jenson Button and David Coulthard on through a dramatic hour of exciting, shoot-out style qualifying, they will also have an opportunity to roar the England football team on to success in what should be an incredible atmosphere.
Due to TV scheduling for the football World Cup, qualifying for Sundays big race has been moved forward by half an hour, and will now start at 12:30hrs on the Saturday, finishing at 13:30hrs. Fans wanting to watch the football will then be able to make their way out of the grandstands, into three entertainment zones, situated in prime locations around the circuit, Pits Straight, Stowe and Abbey.
With kick off scheduled for 14:00hrs (BST), the atmosphere promises to be electric, and by 16:30hrs Silverstone will hopefully be celebrating a British and English one-two, with the nations drivers and footballers both getting off to the best possible start in their respective events.
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented, Fans coming to Silverstone for this years British Grand Prix can look forward to an unbelievable weekend of world class sport. In addition to three spectacular days of F1 action on track, we will also be showing the England vs Paraguay World Cup match on Saturday afternoon."
"With a crowd of up to 65,000 expected for qualifying alone, there should be a fantastic atmosphere around the circuit. That would also give us one of the largest crowds, anywhere in the world, gathered in one place to watch the England game.