BID calls for city pubs to be allowed to show Euro games in their outdoor areas

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired

ABERDEEN Inspired is calling for city pubs to be allowed to show the Euros in their outdoor areas this summer to create a special atmosphere for Tartan Army fans while boosting the hospitality sector.

At present, local conditions ban amplified music or entertainment in outdoor areas of licensed premises. Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, the city centre Business Improvement District, has asked the city’s licensing board to relax the rule so pubs and bars can offer al fresco screenings of games during the EUFA championships in Germany. 

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He said: “There is a real and growing sense of excitement about Scotland being in the Euros this summer – not least because they will open the tournament against the hosts Germany on June 14. 

“It has become a tournament of national significance, and fans will want to come together to enjoy the Euros – and hopefully celebrate Scotland’s progress. We at Aberdeen Inspired believe allowing games to be shown in existing outdoor spaces at city pubs and bars will be the ideal way to create that special atmosphere for a special championship.

“Also, it will provide a boost that licensed premises right across the city can share in at a time when the hospitality industry could do with every help it can get.”

If successful, the request would mean pubs and bars that have existing outdoor areas could apply for permission to show the Euros there.

In a submission to the licensing board, Mr Watson also asked the rule that outdoor areas at licensed premises must close at 10pm be relaxed in the event of games that go to extra time or penalties.

The board is due to consider the request at its meeting on May 1. 

Mr Watson said: “We want to cheer Scotland every step of the way and see them get as far they can in the Euros – while making sure Aberdeen’s hospitality sector can be winners, too.”

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