Bristol World Cup activities cost city £700,000

England fan in South Africa Bristol is bidding for games in the 2018 World Cup

World Cup activities in Bristol, including a big screen and a bid for games, has cost £700,000, according to Freedom of Information figures.

The process to bid for games in the 2018 tournament, which could come to England, has cost £182,822.

The council also had to contribute £250,000 towards the England 2018 marketing budget.

Bristol City Council also had to absorb losses of £270,000 on a big screen in Queen Square in 2010.

News of the spending comes after Bristol City Council announced it must cut £30m from its budget over three years.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, is due to announce which country will host the 2018 World Cup in December with host cities announced in 2013.

The council spent almost £50,000 on marketing, £13,803 on staffing costs and £4,426 on travel.

'Good chance'

Councillor Simon Cook said the bid for World Cup games was an all-party decision and the cost was "more or less what we expected".

"If you're asking me whether I think it's worth it - yes it is because I think England stands a really good chance of getting the Fifa World Cup."

The big screen in 2010 was organised to show the "city displaying its willingness to respond positively to an approach from an official FIFA sponsor".

But trouble at the opening England match saw an alcohol ban and increased security at later matches which pushed the event three times over budget.

Mr Cook said it was "misleading" to count the figures for the big screen as part of the city council's bid for games.

But he added that the council had asked for a review on spending on a fan park.

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