England and Scotland fans will buy nearly 15 million pints on match day

18 June 2021, 00:02

An estimated 14.8 million pints will be purchased across England and Scotland on Friday
An estimated 14.8 million pints will be purchased across England and Scotland on Friday. Picture: PA

By Daisy Stephens

England and Scotland fans are predicted to buy nearly 15 million pints on the day of Scotland and England’s Euro 2020 clash.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) estimates that 14.8 million pints will be sold across England and Scotland on match day, with over 3 million sales during the game itself.

"The restart of sporting events, such as the Euros and Wimbledon later this month, is a great step back to normality,” said a spokesperson for Youngs pubs.

“Watching games with a pint in the pub brings together friends, family and communities, bringing customers back at the bar once again.”

However, the figures are not as high as they usually would be.

The BBPA warned that due to Covid-19 restrictions - including social distancing, the rule of six and no standing - beer sales will be reduced by almost 850,000 pints.

This would result in a revenue loss of around £3.2 million for pubs across England and Scotland.

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"Whether you're supporting England or Scotland, nothing beats watching the game at the pub,” said chief executive of the BBPA Emma McClarkin.

"Given pubs have been closed or faced restrictions for more than a year in both England and Scotland, every little helps and is critical to their recovery and survival.

"Given the delay in England to the lockdown and with rumours suggesting a similar delay could be coming in Scotland, it is a real great shame that fans will not even be able to enjoy the tournament without restrictions in the latter stages.

“All restrictions on pubs in England and Scotland must be removed as soon as possible for our sector to survive and recover."

Restrictions such as social distancing and capacity limits mean beer sales will not be as high as usual
Restrictions such as social distancing and capacity limits mean beer sales will not be as high as usual. Picture: PA

A survey of 1,000 pub goers by the BBPA and KAM Media found that 85 per cent of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively affect their experience of watching Uefa Euro 2020 at the pub this summer.

Half said they would be more likely to watch Uefa Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on hospitality venues are lifted, despite 91 per cent of football fans saying they missed watching matches at the pub during lockdown.

Since March 2020, the BBPA has estimated that 2,000 pubs have permanently closed, and over 2.1 billion pints in beer sales were lost due to closures or Covid-19 restrictions, equating to £8.2 billion in trade value.