Gareth Southgate’s squad is confirmed, the warm up games have come to an end, and now fans of the England National Team are in their final days of preparation before the men’s squad ends the first half of their domestic campaigns and fly to Qatar to start the first Winter FIFA World Cup in history.
Unlike last summer's run to the final of the 2020 European Championships, England fans won’t be able to enjoy beer gardens and the usual good weather which is synonymous with major tournaments, with early sunsets and long nights being the backdrop for fans while the squad play in the Middle East.
Despite this, there are a series of good options for England fans who may want to watch the matches as part of a matchday atmosphere across Newcastle.
Where can I watch England games in Newcastle during the 2022 World Cup?
In addition to the majority of pubs and bars with TVs who will be showing the games,a number of sites are offering huge public viewings.
Newcastle’s newest music venue NX will be showing each of England’s World Cup fixtures with capacity for 1,500 fans across the three group games and hopefully beyond. Atmosphere will be built with live music, DJs and Sky Sports presenter Keith Downie as host.
Central Park is also going to be using its pre existing bars and screens as a viewing site for England games this winter. It has previously hosted viewing parties for the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championships and will be offering covered capacity for 2,000 people. Tickets for the Central Park fanzone are also available now.
Elsewhere across the city, Newcastle Eagles’ basketball arena and community space will be welcoming fans throughout the tournament to the site on Scotswood Road for a fan zone. Organisers are promising a family friendly stadium atmosphere with pre match entertainment, music and special guests with hospitality packages also available.
All England group games will be shown at the arena with additional games also expected to be shown throughout the tournament.
Never ones to miss a big event, a series of pub chains have already released table booking systems to ensure fans can get a front row spot at pubs across Tyneside.
One of the chains offering early table reservations is Sizzling Pubs. The company have a series of sites across Newcastle with a small handful pubs having booking systems for throughout the tournament.
The brand’s local pubs which offer table reservations across Tyne and Wear are The Highwayman in Gateshead, The Powder Monkey and Anson in Wallsend, The Plough Inn in Killingworth and Cramlington’s Bay Horse Inn, among others. Tables can be booked through the chain’s website.
The group Great UK Pubs are also offering table reservations for a series of pubs and bars across the area. Two Percy Street pubs as well as the Gosforth Hotel, The Bridal Path and more are offering table reservations which can be booked online.