You know those daft, never-gonna-happen offers that crop up every time there’s a big football tournament on? Half-price drinks if Rooney scores a hat-trick! Free burgers for everyone if England win by more than five goals! Well, the owners of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have just upped the stakes – they’ve promised to paint the 115-metre Anish Kapoor-designed structure gold if Roy Hodgson’s men win the tournament.
The pledge seems to have been inspired by the 2012 Olympics, when more than 100 postboxes were painted gold in the home towns of Great Britain’s gold medalists. That said, while we always sort of knew we’d bag a bit of glory at the Games, with England pegged at 25/1 to win the World Cup, the chances of the UK’s tallest sculpture changing colour are incredibly slim.
Mind you, should England pull something special out of the bag against Italy when their World Cup campaign kicks off tonight, expect some nervous laughter and collar-tugging at Orbit HQ.
Not got anywhere to watch the match yet? Check out our guide to London’s best World Cup bars and pubs.
By David Clack