Football fever has well and truly seized England as the Lionesses have fought their way to the final of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 competition.
And now all that stands between them and the first major trophy in their history is their old rivals Germany, who they will face at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.
For those who have been captivated by the performances of Alessia Russo, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Millie Bright, Mary Earps and the rest of the England squad over the past few weeks, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the big-game atmosphere on Sunday.
Here are some options for where to watch the showpiece occasion in Manchester.
The fan festival in Piccadilly Gardens
Throughout the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 competition there has been a fan festival running in Piccadilly Gardens, with large numbers of people turning up to cheer on the teams and enjoy the atmosphere.
And with a bumper crowd expected to turn up for the final Manchester City Council is doubling the capacity to 2,000 and putting in a second big screen so fans do not miss out on the action.
Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and demand is expected to be considerable, so anyone wanting to grab a space should get there in good time ahead of the 5pm kick off.
The fan zone will open on Sunday from 11am to 2pm for one last chance to take part in the various football-related activities that have been running throughout the tournament.
The bars and eateries will open at 12.30pm and the build-up will begin on the big screens from 4pm.
Coun John Hacking, executive member for skills, employment and leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester has been a footballing city for as long as most of us can remember, and it’s brilliant to see the women’s game finally taking centre-stage at last. The skill and determination we’re seeing in every match amongst the players on all teams in the tournament is outstanding and thrilling to watch.
“If you’re looking for some big screen action to enjoy the final on and an atmosphere to rival that at Wembley, then get yourself down to the Piccadilly fan-zone. And whatever you do - don’t miss this Sunday’s final. It’s going to be a cracker!”
Pubs and venues around Manchester showing the game
A number of Manchester city centre pubs, including some which have long been popular with local sports fans, have said that they will be screening the Lionesses’ bid for European glory.
These include The Lost Dene on Deansgate, the Director’s Box on Booth Street, the Oxnoble on Liverpool Road, the Crafty Pig on Oldham Street, the Flour and Flagon on Grosvenor Street and Footage which is on the same road.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes on Mount Street, which has shown every one of the 31 games in the tournament live, will also be welcoming Lionesses supporters on Sunday.
If you want to go to any of these venues you should check online as it will be necessary to reserve or book tables at some of them.
Other venues around Manchester have also said they are showing the game.
Arts hub 53two on Deansgate has said it is putting the match on a big screen and fans can reserve places by emailing [email protected]
And Grub Manchester will be showing the clash at the Chapeltown Picture House. Tickets are free but there is a £5 drinks deposit. You can find out more here.