The Euros 2024

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A complete guide to football coming home

Even if England doesn't win, that doesn't mean we can't all enjoy one of football's greatest international tournaments. As the Euros approach (opening match Germany v Scotland, Friday 14 June), excitement is building across the continent, but more specifically in Bath! Supporting the Three Lions or your home team is not just about football; it's about community, pride, and celebration. Whether you're an international student experiencing your first major tournament in England or a local student, this is your guide to enjoying the Euros.

Preparation is key

To start with, you'll want to familiarise yourself with your team's fixtures (and England's fixtures because they will definitely affect your schedule whether you like it or not!). Mark your calendar for the group matches and potential knockout games. Timing is everything, especially when you have to juggle your studies. We recommend downloading the official Euros app as it has up-to-date information and already has all the dates and times for the group stage fixtures. For instance, England's first game against Serbia (Group C) kicks off at 8pm on Sunday 16 June.

Where to watch the matches

  • On campus: Expect screenings for games on campus (event details will be revealed closer to the start of the tournament). It's a fantastic way to bond with fellow students and support your team. Keep an eye on ResLife and for SU communications.
  • The CorkLocated near the city centre, The Cork offers a lively atmosphere that's perfect for watching sports. With plenty of screens and a projector, this venue is known for its energetic vibe during big football matches.
  • Belushi'sBelushi’s is a popular sports bar among students due to its location close to the University of Bath and affordable prices. With several large TVs and a projector, it provides a fantastic viewing experience for football fans.
  • The CanonSituated on Barton Street, The Canon is a traditional British pub with a friendly atmosphere. It's smaller than some of the other venues but offers a more intimate setting for watching the games. 
  • The BoaterWith the largest beer garden in Bath, The Boater combines great views of the River Avon with multiple indoor and outdoor screens. It's an ideal spot for those sunny match days when you want to enjoy a game outdoors.
  • Bath Brew HouseIf you appreciate craft beer and football, the Bath Brew House is the place to be. They offer an excellent selection of homemade beers and the central location makes it easily accessible for students. The large screens and comfortable seating ensure a great viewing experience.

Tips for enjoying the game

  • Be responsible: Enjoy the celebrations, but remember to drink responsibly, especially if you're in public spaces or using public transportation.
  • Gear up: No fan experience is complete without the kit. Whether it's the classic white jersey or some face paint to show your support, make sure you're decked out in England colours. Check out official merchandise stores or student-friendly alternatives.
  • Learn the chants: Football chants are a huge part of the experience. Learn some of the classics to feel more connected to the crowd but remember to be respectful of other people supporting other teams.
  • Arrive early: These places can get quite crowded, especially during important matches. Arriving early can help you secure a good spot.

So, wrap yourself in a flag, warm up your singing voice, and get ready to support your country this summer! Football's coming home 🎵