Aside from whether to put your money on Rooney or Sturridge as first goalscorer, the other big World Cup decision that needs to be made is where to watch England’s opening Group D clash with Italy on Saturday night.
Despite the match not kicking off until 11pm due to the time difference between here and Brazil, Eastbourne residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a pub or bar to enjoy the game in.
There are a number of establishments in the town centre showing the fixture, including Maxims and The Eagle on South Street, Greenhouse Bar and The Loft on Station Street and Duke of Devonshire and London and County on Terminus Road.
Most of the pubs on Seaside will be showing the live broadcast, including the Nuthouse, the Townhouse, the Arlington Arms and the Alexandra Arms, which is also extending its serving hours to provide food during the game. The Crown and Anchor on Marine Parade will be showing the game upstairs and downstairs on eight screens, while The Lamb in Old Town is staying open later especially for the highly-anticipated clash.
The Ship in Meads Street will show the game, while the Seven Sisters Pub is hosting a midnight barbecue at half time.
The Fishermen’s Club on Royal Parade, Prince Albert on High Street, British Queen in The Triangle and the Cavalier Inn on Carlisle Road will also be streaming the match.
The Government relaxed licensing laws to allow pubs to stay open later for England matches. Following a consultation, the Government released a document that stated, “The relaxation will apply during England matches in the World Cup with a scheduled kick off time of 8pm or later. It will be for the sale of alcohol and late night refreshment for consumption on the premises. The relaxation will last four hours, to a latest time of 1am.
“This length of time covers any extra time and penalties, and will also mean that customers are likely to leave premises gradually after the match, minimising any nuisance to the public. The Government believes that 1am is an acceptable cut off time and premises wishing to extend their hours beyond this could do so using a TEN (Temporary Event Notice).”
However, if people are to venture out of their homes to watch the game in a pub or bar, Sussex Police are encouraging them to enjoy the occasion safely, while also issuing a warning that any World Cup trouble-makers will be dealt with.
The force will be putting extra patrols on duty across the town during and after high-profile matches to respond to any public disorder incidents.
Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said, “Our main aim is to make this another safe and trouble-free tournament. Recent international football tournaments have been largely trouble-free on the streets of Sussex. Two years ago during the European Championships, there was just one football-related arrest on the three England group match nights.
“We want people to enjoy themselves but not to the detriment of others, so our approach will be friendly but firm with anyone who uses the event as an excuse to cause trouble. We have powers to stop individuals drinking in public and arrests can follow if they fail to comply.”