Barcelona city council announced this Wednesday that it will install a giant screen to show the final of the Women's Football World Cup 2023, being played between Spain and England this Sunday at 12 noon local time. The screen will be located in the Vall d'Hebron Municipal Olympic Sports Centre. The council's decision comes after the leader of the People's Party (PP) on the Barcelona council, Daniel Sirera, publicly asked the mayor, Jaume Collboni, to install a screen in the city to allow fans to show support for the Spanish team. "The work and excellence of our girls well deserves everyone's support," said the PP politician in a tweet.
Collboni agreed with Sirera and, this Wednesday, explained that, "as a show of support" for the Spanish national team, they have decided to install this screen "so that everyone can share the emotion of this historic match". "We are waiting for you to cheer on our players", added the city's Socialist mayor. In a statement, the council said it had made this decision because the expectation for this duel "is maximum", since it is the first time that the Spanish team has managed to reach the final of the Women's World Cup. On Tuesday the Spanish team beat Sweden 2-1 to get to this Sunday's final in Sydney, where they will face England, who eliminated one of the host teams, Australia, 3-1, in the second semi-final this Wednesday.
La gran mayoría de los barceloneses vibramos con la selección femenina de fútbol y su gesta deportiva. Por eso, pido al alcalde Collboni que instale una pantalla gigante en Barcelona para que todos juntos podamos seguir la final del Mundial.— Dani Sirera (@danielsirera) August 15, 2023
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🎉Quin orgull veure la selecció femenina de futbol a la final de la #FIFAWWC 2023! Esteu fent història posant el futbol femení on es mereix, trencant el sostre de vidre i obrint camí per a moltes dones. Un pas més en la lluita per la igualtat. Com a mostra de suport, hem decidit… https://t.co/miN9uDY6eT— Jaume Collboni (@jaumecollboni) August 16, 2023
"One more step in the fight for equality" said Barcelona mayor Jaume Collboni, announcing the big screen for Sunday's final, and adding: "How proud we are!" "You are making history by putting women's football where it deserves to be, breaking the glass ceiling and paving the way for many women."
Where will the giant screen be installed for the World Cup final?
The space chosen to set up the giant screen is the Vall d'Hebron Municipal Olympic Sports Centre, located on Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron, 166-176. Metro station is Montbau (L3). Access will be free and open during the screening of the match, but the capacity will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 people to guarantee security inside the venue. The Vall d'Hebron centre will open its doors one hour before the start of the match, that is to say, at 11am on Sunday morning.
The giant screen will be erected in the sports pavilion and will offer a live broadcast of the game from 12 noon. The city council has detailed that an access control will operate and that "entry with dangerous objects" will not be allowed, as well as pyrotechnic elements, glass bottles and "rigid containers".