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Euro 2016 Belfast fanzone 'closest thing to being in France', says Michael O'Neill

Free admission to see all Euro 2016 Northern Ireland and Republic games at Titanic Belfast

By Claire Williamson

Missed out on tickets to France for the Euros this summer? Fear not because Belsonic is hosting the official Euro fanzones at Titanic Belfast.

All Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland games will be shown - what's more, admission will be free.

The 10,000 capacity open air arena in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter will boast the biggest screen in the country.

The arena has full bar facilities, food options, a funfair, entertainment before and after games and various family friendly games and activities.

For football fans this will be the closest thing to actually being in France.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said those watching at home have a "crucial role" to play too,

He said: “The support during qualification was incredible and a big part of us getting to the finals in the first place. We’re grateful so many are making the trip to France, but anyone watching the games back in Northern Ireland has a crucial role to play as well.

“The idea of thousands of Northern Ireland fans gathering at the Euros Fanzone at Titanic back in Belfast will be another huge motivation for the players.

“Having visited the Fanzone site and spoken to the guys running it, I’m certain it’ll be the next best thing to actually being out there with us."

The fun kicks-off with Northern Ireland’s opening game against Poland on Sunday June 12.

The full line-up of games being shown is:

Sunday 12th June

Gates 4pm

Poland v Northern Ireland 5pm

Germany v Ukraine 8pm

Monday 13th June

Gates 4pm

Republic of Ireland v Sweden 5pm

Belgium v Italy 8pm

Thursday 16th June

Gates 4pm

Ukraine v Northern Ireland 5pm

Germany v Poland 8pm

Saturday 18th June

Gates 1pm

Belgium v Republic of Ireland 2pm

Iceland v Hungary 5pm

Portugal v Austria 8pm

Tuesday 21st June

Gates 4pm

Northern Ireland v Germany/Ukraine v Poland 5pm

Croatia v Spain/Czech Republic v Turkey 8pm

Wednesday 22nd June

Gates 4pm

Iceland v Austria/ Hungary v Portugal 5pm

Sweden v Belgium/Italy v Republic of Ireland 8pm

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