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Manchester to host FREE official Olympics fanzone with big screen this summer

You won't have to pay a penny to get in amongst all the action.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd May 2024

Manchester is one of a handful on UK cities chosen to host an official Olympics fanzone with a big screen this summer.

And the best bit? It’s going to be FREE to enter.

That’s right – with a little over nine weeks to go before millions of people across the globe gather to cheer on their country’s finest sportspeople as they compete against their toughest competitors in a wide range of sporting events at this year’s Olympics in Paris this summer, fans in Manchester won’t even have to pay a penny to get in amongst all the action.

That’s because our city has been chosen by Team GB itself to be one of the 10 places that plays host to an official free-to-enter fanzone.

More than 300 Team GB athletes are embarking on their final preparations as we speak, and over half a million British fans are planning to travel to France to cheer them on in person… but for those who aren’t wanting to make the trip, this is definitely the next best thing.

Manchester to host FREE official Olympics fanzone with big screens this summer / Credit: Team GB (via Twitter)

A big screen playing all the major sporting action and coverage highlights from across the two-week event will be set up in Spinningfields in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The Lawn Club has been picked to host this year’s official Olympics fanzone in Manchester – conveniently after it also hosts its own EURO 2024 big screen a few weeks earlier – and sports lovers will be able to tuck into an all-day food and drinks lineup while they watch the Games surrounded by other equally-enthusiastic fans.


There’ll be everything from sharing boards and burgers, to craft beers, cocktails, and more to order while you’re there.

London, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, and fellow North West city Liverpool are the other places hosting fanzones.

Not only that, but Team GB has also promised that each official fanzone will host appearances from Team GB stars past and present throughout the Games too, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements on that.


All fanzones will be fully wheelchair accessible, Team GB has confirmed.

Each official Team GB fanzone – including Manchester’s – will open on Friday 26 July, just in time for the Opening Ceremony of the Games, and will be running until the day of the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 11 August. 

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Find out more information about the official Team GB fanzones this summer here.

Featured Image – Team GB