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Leicester gets ready to welcome Sevilla FC

Published on Friday, March 10, 2017

FANS arriving for Leicester City’s game against Sevilla FC in the UEFA Champions League are to be given a warm welcome on Tuesday (14 March).

Bunting in the red and white of Sevilla will decorate the train station, staff in shops and bars will be ready with a friendly ‘hola!’, and a city centre fanzone will be welcoming fans from 12 noon on match day.

A short welcome video – in Spanish – will be shared on social media ahead of the match, while a bar close to the Jubilee Square fanzone will go the extra mile to make the Sevilla fans feel at home.

In a nod to the city that’s famous for its oranges, The Orange Tree on High Street will call itself ‘The Seville Orange Tree’ – or ‘El Naranjo de Sevilla’ – for the day, and manager Alex Lumley is hoping that fans will call in for some traditional fish and chips, a local beer or maybe even an orange juice on Tuesday.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Sevilla fans,” she said.

“It’s always good fun when the away fans come to Leicester. Everyone is excited about the match and it makes for a great atmosphere in the city.

“There will be a brand new sign outside the bar to show that The Orange Tree will be ‘El Naranjo de Sevilla’ for the day, and we hope that it will encourage the visiting fans to pop in to say hello and enjoy a pre-match drink or meal with us.”

The 1,700 or so Sevilla fans expected to make the journey to Leicester will be encouraged to explore the shops, bars and attractions in Leicester’s historic city centre, before they meet up with their fellow fans in Jubilee Square, which will be transformed into a pre-match fanzone.

A DJ will provide the entertainment in the fanzone, with hot food and a licensed bar also available. Street artists and stilt walkers in Sevilla and Leicester City kit will help create a family atmosphere, while a montage of Sevilla’s goals will be shown on a big screen to entertain the fans.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We are certainly enjoying our time in the Champions League and are looking forward to giving the Sevilla fans a warm welcome. 

“I hope that they will take the opportunity to explore our historic city centre and go home with many happy memories of their visit.”

The Jubilee Square fanzone will open at 12 noon on Tuesday to provide a pre-match meeting point for the Sevilla fans, but its big screen will not be showing the match.

The fanzone will not be open after the match.

Fans without tickets for the game will be able to watch it live at BT Sport pubs in the city centre.

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