It has come to that time again where event planners need to keep an eye on sport fixtures. In June and July this year The World Cup takes place. I know most people will not want this to effect their event, unfortunately it does!
Luckily, this year the planners of the sport fixtures as far as England are concerned have been kind to us who work in events and most of the fixtures don’t effect Saturdays…phew! But there are a few possibilities which we have decided to point out as there have been so many events we have played before where a sports fixture has taken over…and for most Brides and Grooms for example (as well as other party planners!) this is a real disappointment!
All the fixtures can be found on the BBC website however here is an important one….
ENGLAND Saturday 14th June 2014. ‘England vs Italy’. Luckily this isn’t on until 11pm so if you choose to, you can work your evening around this.
If England qualify, the other dates to keep an eye on (I am only listing Saturdays as that is prime time for events) are Saturday 28th June, 5th July and 12th July. This is correct as of the time written so this will change once the games begin depending on how England do.
Other Saturdays to watch out for are:
5pm Columbia Vs Greece
8pm Uruguay Vs Costa Rica
5pm Argentina Vs Iran
8pm Germany Vs Ghana
11pm Nigeria Vs Bosania-Herecegovina
9pm poss England game (mentioned above)
5pm Quarter Finals 4– poss England game
9pm Quarter Finals 3
9pm Third Place Match – poss England game
If you are planning an event for these dates then just have a think about how to work with the fixtures. From experience, advice would be not to try and fight it but work with it. A high percentage of people are extremely passionate about Football and sadly they will not consider the fact you have gone to alot of effort to arrange this event. Perhaps a good idea would be to time kick off with your evening buffet (if a Wedding). Usually over the buffet the live music will take a break and people will want to sit and eat, so this could work well with people in another area watching the game. Another idea may be to embrace it and make it part of your evening, have a fun bet running throughout the day/evening and keep your guests updated with what is going on.
It does seem like a big effort to change your timings and to suit but I can’t stress enough how much it does effect the event and it is important not to try and fight it. This blog is very live music biased so it all depends on what is important to you at your wedding, what parts of the evening do you want everyone to be involved in.