Up to 30million people are expected to watch the game and couples marrying this weekend are changing their plans and installing TVs at their venues so guests don’t cancel.
A senior Church of England cleric has even warned people not to watch the game on mobile phones or tablets if they are in church during the match with Sweden from 3pm on Saturday.
One couple have installed a satellite dish so their guests can watch the quarter-final – but they will have to wait until after the speeches and watch the game ‘as live’ two hours later.
Elsewhere gig-goers at the British Summer Time in Hyde Park on Saturday say they won’t arrive until at least 5pm – three hours after it starts – because ‘unpatriotic’ organisers aren’t showing the football and won’t allow people to come and go from the site.
And organisers of London’s Pride festival are considering putting up giant screens so the tens of thousands taking part on Saturday afternoon can cheer England on rather than stay away.
England fans go wild in Croydon after the Colombia win and Saturday’s quarter final with Sweden is causing a major clash with events including weddings and music festivals
Matt Yeo and fiancee Sophie Wood (pictured) are installing satellite dishes at their wedding reception but guests will have to wait until 5pm and watch the match ‘as live’
Graphic designer Matt Yeo told the Daily Telegraph: ‘It has changed our plans quite dramatically. My fiancee Sophie is not a football fan and is very against the idea of having any football because you don’t want to detract from the big day.
‘But I felt that everyone will be looking at their phones or feeling like they wish they were watching it.’
Matt and fiancee Sophie Wood, both 30, will instead set up a television for their guests to watch the match at 5pm, instead of having the speeches ruined by the distraction of the World Cup.
Guests will be told to turn their phones off so they can watch the game later without knowing the result.
Meanwhile groom-to-be Carl Gould, who finds himself in a similar position, told the Guardian he would not install screens as ‘we’re not getting married in a Wetherspoons’.
He said he hoped the wedding day would bring the England team luck, saying: ‘If we could have a wedding win, and an England win – that would be ideal.’
Bride-to-be Jodie Houlston, from Lincolnshire, said: ‘OK England, you’re starting to worry me now.
‘If you’re kicking a ball around a bit of grass upstages me on my wedding day I may have to have the first diva strop of my life.’
Danni Jordan, of Ipswich, said her brother had posted a Facebook status asking his fiancée if they could move their wedding to Sunday, so he doesn’t miss the match.
Pubs near the British Summer Time festival where football fans can watch the England game
Wedding plans have been thrown into chaos because of the big game at 3pm on Saturday
Ashleigh Marie said: ‘When the England game will be playing during your wedding… woo, nothing like paying all that money to have missing guests.’
Groom-to-be Gary Snoad tweeted: ‘My own wedding clashing with the big game on Saturday – what have I done? Apologies to the English contingent, definitely the Welsh family side that picked the date.’
And Zoey Olivia, of Watford, added: ‘Just realised I’m at a wedding on Saturday and England are playing… I’m so torn. I hope there’s a TV.’
Sandra Millar, the Church of England’s head of ‘life events’, said: ‘For those attending a wedding service at 3pm, I’d strongly encourage you to make sure you are fully on-side with the happy couple and switch off your mobile phone in advance.’
Rev Millar added that while guests ‘may be forgiven’ for checking the score at the reception – doing this in church should be given the ‘red card’.
She told the Daily Telegraph: ‘For those getting married on Saturday, like England fans you might experience a few nerves – but you can be sure that it will also be the best day of your life, with memories to cherish.
‘Who knows, come 6pm, that may be something you share with the rest of the nation too’.
Venues close to the route of London’s Pride parade where people can watch the football
Wimbledon organisers say the England game will not be broadcast on Henman Hill but there are venues nearby where fans could watch the action
Some people taking part in London’s Pride march have asked to be pushed towards the front so they can catch the game.
Tens of thousands of people will gather to watch the parade run from Portland Place to Whitehall, from 12pm to 5pm.
Attendees have pleaded with organisers to set up screens along the route so they can watch the football.
A Pride spokesman told MailOnline that organisers were looking into the situation and would issue an update.
One London regular says he will miss it this year, tweeting: ‘I’m marching in others. If we win the match we’ll be in the semis for the first time since 1990. My sexuality is literally one part of who I am, it is not my entire being’.
Wimbledon has also ruled out showing the match, including on the big screen at Henman Hill, also known as Murray Mount.
Pubs close to these events are set to make a fortune as people flood in to watch England’s biggest game for more than a decade.
Roads, railway stations and high streets are set to be empty as people head home or to the pub to watch.
Schools have changed the times of the school fetes to avoid a time clash while some sporting events like gold tournaments have been called off completely.
The Lord Mayor of Norwich has even moved the annual procession through the city.
Londoners will face travel problems, with closures on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines – as well as sections of the Overground and Docklands Light Railway.
Spectators watch tennis on the big screen on Henman Hill/Murray Mound at Wimbledon in London – but the venue won’t be showing the football
Eric Dier (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after his winning penalty in the shootout clinched victory over Colombia
Jordan Pickford dives to save Carlos Bacca’s penalty in the shootout, a stop which gave Dier the chance to win it from the spot
British Summer Time in Hyde Park starts at 2pm and organisers have so far resisted calls to show it on a big screen away from where the bands are playing.
The festival’s official Twitter profile is being bombarded with tweets from upset customers. The NME says the game won’t be shown but BST is yet to comment.
Gary Waddison wrote: ‘@BSTHydePark please can you confirm if you are showing the football Saturday. Not prepared to come before kick off until you confirm. Terrible lack of info. If not see you after 6pm. Lack of answers across all your social media is frustrating for all.
@Missgemmakay89 said: ‘@BSTHydePark have made a massive mistake deciding not to show the football on Saturday…people will be going in later, spending less money!
@RideTheNetwork tweeted: ‘@BSTHydePark utter madness if you don’t show football. 20K p****d fans arriving en masse 6pm…accident waiting to happen’.
@Toetog wrote: ‘As many people have said, unless they show the football unfortunately I and many others won’t be there until Interpol. Come on, do the right thing @BSTHydePark’.
Thousands of people will gather at locations across London including Camden Market, Boxpark Shoreditch, Pop Brixton and Flat Iron Square in London Bridge.
Other locations showing the big match outdoors in the capital include Pitch Stratford, Vauxhall Street Food Garden and Ealing Park Tavern.
Fans in other cities can also watch it outside, including in Birmingham where it will be shown at The Archway Digbeth, New Inn Harborne and The Distillery.
In Newcastle there is an outdoor screen at Times Square – and in Brighton, fans can watch on the beach on Britain’s biggest high-definition screen.
Where can I see England v Sweden on an outdoor screen in London?
· Camden Market, NW1 8AF
· The Enchanted Garden, EC1V 9LA
· The Water Poet, E1 6BX,
· Skylight, E1W 2SF
· Boxpark Shoreditch, E1 6GY
· Pitch Stratford, E15 3PA
· Flat Iron Square, SE1 1TD
· Boxpark Croydon, CR0 1LD
· Pop Brixton, SW9 8PQ
· Ealing Park Tavern, W5 4RL
· The Waterway, W9 2JU
· The Grafton Arms, W1T 5DU
· The Bud Boat, SE1 8XZ
· Street Food Garden, SW8 1SP
· Neverland, SW6 2TY
Tip of the iceberg! Titanic, The Musical actor in fury over audience members watching England in World Cup on their MOBILES – as two women gave thumbs up to cast indicating ‘we won’
- Two women watched England v Colombia penalty shootout on their phones
- Cast members were horrified when theatregoers audibly celebrated each goal
- Women were in audience for Titanic The Musical at Theatre Royal in Nottingham
- Cast member said they were ‘most ignorant audience members’ he’d ever seen
A theatre manager has branded audience members who watched England’s World Cup penalty shootout against Colombia on their phones while seated in the front row of the show as ‘disrespectful and distracting’.
Cast members were horrified when two women at the front of the audience for Titanic The Musical at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham audibly celebrated each goal during the nail-biting conclusion to the game, while the production was going on.
Jonathan Saville, interim venue director of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, said: ‘On Tuesday evening, our front of house team informed every member of the audience on entering the auditorium that they should turn off their mobile phone.
Actor Niall Sheehy described one audience member as ‘the stupidest woman on the planet’ after she loudly watched a World Cup penalty shootout during Titanic The Musical
Two women at the front of the audience for Titanic The Musical audibly celebrated each goal
‘Our duty manager was present in the stalls throughout Act 2 of the performance. The audience were extremely quiet, and she was not aware of any audible or visual disturbance until the company alerted her to it.
‘It would seem that these two audience members seated on the front row, only a few feet away from the stage, perhaps had not realised that their actions could be both seen and heard.
‘Even if audience members feel that they are being quiet or discreet in checking their phones during a performance, it is both disrespectful and distracting to the actors on stage and to the other people around them.
‘Our staff are vigilant in stopping this kind of behaviour, where it is practical to do so without further distracting from the action on stage.
‘But we do also rely on people using courtesy and respect to those around them when they come to see a live theatre performance.’
Audiences behaving badly at the theatre
The incident in Nottingham is not the first time audience members have behaved badly at shows.
In 2015, cast members of Hand To God on Broadway were alarmed when one audience member walked on to the stage to plug his phone charger into a socket just before the show started.
In 2009, Patti LuPone stopped Gypsy when a phone flash went off and, in 2015, she snatched a phone from a woman who was texting in the middle of the play Shows For Days.
Benedict Cumberbatch urged fans to stop photographing and recording videos during his performances of Hamlet at the Barbican after numerous productions were disrupted.
And audience members for Doctor Faustus, starring Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington, thought nothing of eating a box of chicken nuggets during the show in 2016.
Cast member Niall Sheehy wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘To the two women in the front row tonight who not only followed the penalty shootout on their phone, but also said ‘yesss’ on each goal scored, you are the most ignorant audience members I have ever had the misfortune to perform in front of.
‘And when a cast member signalled ‘put your phone away’ during the bows and you smiled, gave a thumbs up and replied ‘I know – we won!!’, I think you may have let us all know you are the stupidest woman on the planet.
‘Please avoid attending any future theatrical productions.’
Another cast member, Kieran Brown, wrote: ‘Dumbfounded. 2 ladies, 1 older 1 middle aged, slap bang front row clearly watching football on phones during the most poignant moment of lifeboats scene, cheering & giggling like stupid schoolgirls.
‘To say I’m raging is an understatement! They should be marched out in disgrace!’
It is understood to be the first time an incident like this has ever happened at the Nottingham theatre.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.