Counting Down to England vs. Wales

While both England and Wales have an innate desire to progress from the group stages of Euro 2016, it is hard for fans to divert their attention from the clash between the two sides tomorrow. Drawn together in a tight and challenging Group B, the two old rivals will do battle in a match that will  settle far more than home nation bragging rights.

While both England and Wales have an innate desire to progress from the group stages of Euro 2016, it is hard for fans to divert their attention from the clash between the two sides tomorrow. Drawn together in a tight and challenging Group B, the two old rivals will do battle in a match that will  settle far more than home nation bragging rights.

England vs. Wales: What do the Fans Need Know?

In fact, this game could be crucial in determining who qualifies for the knockout phase of Euro 2016, while it will also have a heavy influence on final placings within the group. With Wales getting a valuable win against Slovakia, England will need a victory to boost their chances of progression. The game kicks off at 14:00 GMT at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens and for those who are watching at home and do not have a ticket, the match will be screened live on the BBC.

For travelling fans, it is important to note that the local authorities have announced a 24-hour alcohol ban that includes the duration of the game. This will prohibit the consumption of alcohol on the streets of Lens before and after the match, running from 06:00 local time until 06:00 on Friday morning. Local police officers will have license to search vehicles that are out on the the road during the ban.

Further information for fans and travellers

Supporters who have tickets to the designated fan zone will be able to consume alcohol, however, as this area is well-patrolled and managed by local law enforcement officers. It is important to be considerate of these laws and bans, so fans must make sure that they adhere to the guidelines laid out by the local authorities. The alcohol ban is in place for all games in Lens, so no single nation or match is being singled out ahead of another.

On a final note, fans who do not have tickets to either the game itself or the fan zone have been strongly advised not to travel to Lens. British Police officers have suggested that ticket-less supporters instead visit Lille or another neighbouring city with a fan zone to watch the game, as this will avoid significant congestion on match-day. However you choose to enjoy what is sure to be a monumental game, however, it is crucial to make sure that you stay safe and follow local law-enforcement guidelines at all times!

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