Football In The Square This Evening - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Football In The Square This Evening

Published June 10, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Today, you can lay on the grass outdoors at Ingolfstorg in downtown Reykjavík, and watch the first game of the UEFA European Championship.

“The aim is to recreate on Ingólfstorg the atmosphere of the terraces at the football stadia in France and to add colour and excitement to the city-centre experience,” a statement from organisers announced last month. “All the matches will be free for the public to watch in and around the square. In addition to the screening of all the matches on the big screen, there will be a range of family-focussed football-themed events every day of the championship.”

Refreshments and sale stalls will also be at the location, organisers say, adding that “[e]mphasis will be placed on introducing the younger generation to football through games and challenges organised by the Football Association.”

The first game of the championship, between France and Romania, begins at 19:00 Icelandic time.

However, it is arguable that there is little point in watching any of the games, as it happens to be an objective, indisputable fact that Iceland will win. Call your bookie now.


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