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Belfast Finds New Fan Zone For Northern Ireland, Republic Of Ireland Supporters

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 24 / 16

A new fan zone has been found in Belfast "to accommodate thousands of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland supporters" wanting to watch the knockout matches of Euro 2016 on giant TV screens this weekend, according to Henry McDonald of the London GUARDIAN. It is understood it will cost the B...

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