Longer trading hours for fans to enjoy football championship

  • Opportunity for licensed hospitality venues to capitalise on the interest in UEFA European Football Championship (EURO 2024) matches
  • Venues can apply for extended trading hours in June and July
  • Football fans can watch games while enjoying the atmosphere of a pub or bar

Applications are now open for pubs and bars in Western Australian to stay open longer and serve liquor while showing televised matches of the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 Championship.

Licensed premises can apply for extended liquor trading hours when the football matches are being played in Germany from 14 June to 14 July 2024. Applications should be lodged with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) as soon as possible.

The Director of Liquor Licensing will allow venues to apply for longer hours when games are being played late at night or early in the morning in WA. All dates relevant to the championship can be entered in one application.

Approved licensed venues will be permitted to trade until 30 minutes after the conclusion of the match, provided they are showing a live broadcast during the extended trading period.

The application process has been simplified, with fees calculated based on the number of people expected at the licensed venue over the whole event. Application fees have been capped at a maximum of $1,285.50 regardless of the number of patrons present.

For information on how to apply and details of fees, visit https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/department/publications/publication/uefa-euro-2024-germany-june-to-july-2024

As stated by Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:

“There are many devoted fans of European football teams here in WA who would love the opportunity to view the games and enjoy a drink and the atmosphere at their local pub or bar, no matter what time they are being played.

“Relaxing our liquor trading laws during EURO 2024 matches will allow licensed venues to take advantage of this major international sporting event and keep their doors open longer should the matches be played outside normal trading hours.

“It’s not only locals who win by this decision – tourists and visitors from Europe also score by being able to tune in and watch their club play at a place where they can cheer and hopefully celebrate their team’s win.”

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