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ICC announces fan zone plans for Cricket World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced details of ‘City Celebrations’ fan zone experiences for this year’s men’s World Cup in England and Wales.

Fan zones will be set up in Nottingham, Taunton, Southampton, Manchester, Leeds, Durham, Birmingham and London, with further city activations to launch in Cardiff and Bristol.

The ICC said the activations will give fans the chance to enjoy an “authentic Cricket World Cup experience” and watch live broadcasts of matches together with thousands of other supporters. As well as cricket activities, the fan zones will offer a range of multi-cultural food, music and entertainment.

Cardiff will attempt to achieve ‘The Ultimate Delivery’, a record-breaking catch relay that will deliver an official match day ball through the city centre before arriving at the Sophia Gardens stadium for its opening fixture.

The local community in Bristol will be invited to ‘Take Part in Giant Art’ and help paint a giant statue featuring flags and emblems of all 10 competing nations. The structure will then be erected in the city centre for the duration of the tournament.

This year’s Cricket World Cup will run from May 30 to July 14.