English football fans will buy almost seven million pints of beer amid Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, experts have predicted
As England’s football try to reach a major tournament final for the first time since 1966, supporters will buy an estimated 6.8 million pints, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted.
As the Three Lions attempt to reach a major tournament final for the first time since their World Cup win in 1966, supporters will order an estimated number of of 6.8 million pints of beer, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has now predicted ahead of the match.
Or, in other words, fans will be purchasing more than 50,000 pints a minute during the course of two hours.
Around 10 million beers will be ordered overall on Wednesday evening, the BBPA has said, adding that it could be closer to 12 million pints if not for the nation’s coronavirus restrictions such as necessary social distancing restrictions.
This comes after two of the world’s biggest airlines will trial fast-track lanes at Heathrow airport for arrivals who are fully-vaccinated. Under the trial scheme, passengers on four routes will be able to upload their vaccination status before they board.
Victory over Denmark at Wembley will take Gareth Southgate‘s England team to within touching distance of major tournament silverware for the first time in over 50 years.
Southgate, who had guided the squad to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018, missed the decisive penalty as England had lost their last European Championship semi-final to the German national football team back in 1996.
If they win, England will be set to face Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final match, taking place at the same venue, after the team beat Spain on penalties on Tuesday evening.
The 60,000-person crowd in attendance will be the largest at a sporting event held in the UK since COVID-19 restrictions were first introduced last spring and will be including the Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of the Football Association.
Most fans present at Wembley tonight will be rooting for the home side and will be trying to create a typically partisan atmosphere during the game, with “It’s Coming Home” likely to be sung multiple times if all is going well for the England squad.
But Lars Thuesen, the Danish ambassador to UK, said that 8,000 Danes living within the UK will also be present, with numbers limited as a result of COVID travel restrictions.
This comes after Christian Eriksen was reportedly in a “good mood” as doctors continued to carry out tests following his collapse during a Euro 2020 football match. The Danish footballer is currently recovering in hospital after he collapsed 42 minutes into the game between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.
He also said that the tournament had been a “huge emotional rollercoaster” for the Danes, after the team’s star midfielder Christian Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest during the team’s defeat to Finland in their opening Euro match.
He told Sky News: “It started out we were crying, we were praying, then a few minutes later, when we realised he was going to recover, we were crying (tears) of joy. There are higher things at stake than football.
Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel joked with reporters about football coming home
“He’s still part of the team, part of the WhatsApp group, he wanted us to participate in the tournament as though nothing has happened.”