Flyers fans countdown to big face-off

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Ice hockey fans have taken over Nottingham city centre for the weekend.

With face-off less than an hour away for Fife Flyers and Belfast Giants in the first semi-final, the fans are enjoying the Spring sunshine outside.

All teams are represented in the city which has been renamed Scottingham for the EIHL play-off finals weekend.

One cafe near the arena has painted all the club logos on its windows - a picture that has now been shared a number of times on social media.

The fans are just as colourful as they all sport their club colours, while a few have opted for fancy dress . Where else but a finals weekend would you find four folk dressed as pyjamas in bananas!

Flyers TV have been out and about interviewing fans and capturing the big build-up - and will be busy all weekend.

The team arrived at the rink just after 11.20 a.m. and the team is now going through its pre-game routine in the basement of the NIA.

The corridor is also the base for all officials and the media.

The first semi-final faces off at 1.00 p.m. and if it ends in a tie then a slightly different format will be used to determine a result.

There will be ten minutes four on four overtime followed by a penalty shoot out - three shooters each.

There will be press conferences with the coaches and key players about 15 minutes after each game, and the Press will be covering them live online at and on Twitter.

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