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Tartan Army dismay as second Scotland Euros fan zone scrapped within 24 hours



THERE’S been dismay among the Tartan Army after a SECOND Scotland fan zone was scrapped within 24 hours.

The Scotland national team is set to appear at their first major overseas finals for 26 years this summer in Germany.


The entrance to Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
There will be a party atmosphere around the Scotland games this summer


There will be a party atmosphere around the Scotland games this summer

And Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness had approached Highland Council for assistance to screen the games live in Falcon Square.

But they’ve reluctantly conceded defeat in their move to air the games live outdoors, saying it just wasn’t viable in the timescale they had.

The news came just a day after M&D’s Theme Park in Lanarkshire pulled the plug on plans to showcase Scotland’s games at the Euros this summer.

They had been offering people the chance to experience the game on the big screen along with live music each matchday featuring performances from the Shambolics, Connor Fyfe and Stevie McCrorie.

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Back up in Inverness, organisers simply said they faced too many hurdles “at short notice” to put together the large-scale outdoor event in a public space.

Eastgate Centre manager Chris Kershaw told the Inverness Courier: “We had a lot that needed to be achieved to get it in place and it just wasn’t viable in the timeframe we had.

“With more time, it would have been achievable.

“We will be sure to look into it for future events.”

Local Scotland fans in the city WILL still be able to congregate indoors to watch the Scotland game at Inverness Ice Centre.

That the base of the Highland Eurozone, a ticketed event catering for up to 700 people with a bar, street food vendors and entertainment.

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Organisers say it will also be family-friendly, with no risk of inclement June weather getting in the way.

Scotland and Germany will kick off the Euro 2024 finals on June 14 in Munich, before Steve Clarke‘s men round off the group stages with clashes against Switzerland (June 19 in Cologne) and Hungary (June 23 in Stuttgart).

There was disappointment about the collapse of the plans, with one fan writing on social media: “How is it short notice? We have been qualified since November 2023.

“That is possibly the worst excuse I’ve ever heard.”

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