A SNEAK peek inside Rugby’s official World Cup Fanzone has been posted on Twitter, in advance of its opening to the public on Saturday (September 12).
The huge temporary building, which has a capacity of 1,000, has been swiftly built at the Old Market Place off Railway Terrace over the last two weeks.
Sean Lawson, Head of Environment at Rugby Borough Council, posted pictures to Twitter from inside the as-yet-unfinished Fanzone, which is taking shape with a giant 5m-wide screen, a bar and merchandise stalls.
He said: “Is it possible to be too excited about the #RWC2015 celebrations in the #ProudHome ? @EnjoyRugby festival.”
The Fanzone – as it will be known when showing 17 live matches on its five-metre-wide screen during the tournament – will otherwise be known as the Rugby Village when it hosts events from the town’s Enjoy Rugby Festival.
The first of these – a screening of Invictus, Clint Eastwood’s film telling how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite South Africa – takes place on Saturday (September 12).
Events during the next week include a family fun day, an all-faith day of worship, a screening of England World Cup victory documentary Building Jerusalem, a sports quiz and the Rugby In Bloom awards ceremony.
A ceremony will mark the opening of the official Fanzone on Friday September 18, followed by a live screening of the opening match – England v Fiji, which kicks off at 8pm.
Visit www.enjoyrugby.co.uk or the Rugby Visitor Centre in Rugby Library for a copy of the Enjoy Rugby Festival guide, including all events and matches being screened in the Fanzone.