By: See Brown
If you ever thought soccer was not well supported by Americans, think again. On June 16, Chicago hosted its first World Cup 2014 Viewing Party in Grant Park, Chicago. Approximately 8,000 soccer fans dressed in red, white, and blue attended the free event sponsored by U.S. Soccer Association at Arvey Field at Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road.
Following the huge success of the first Chicago World Cup Viewing Party, City of Chicago hosted three events in Grant Park attended by as many as 20, 000 soccer fans. Team USA moved succeeded to World Cup Quarter Finals after beating Portugal.
On July 1, Chicago World Cup viewing party will be held at Soldier Field. Team USA vs. Belgium in the Quarter Final World Cup match will begin at 3pm. Soldier Field capacity is 61,00 and fans will be able to enter the stadium beginning at 1:30pm. Admission will be free.
On Thursday, June 26 approximately 20,000 soccer fans attended the USA vs. Germany World Cup Viewing Party in at the southeast corner of Balbo and Columbus drive.
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The Chicago World Cup viewing party in Grant Park featured large 19×33 foot high definition screen at the south end of Grant Park, near Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Rd. The viewing party featured, ESPN’s live video feed that showed other American soccer fans watching the game including, Rio De Janiero in Brazil, Boston, and U.S. Army members in Afghanistan.
Watch Unieros video footage from fans cheering as Team USA scored its victorious goal against Ghana.
Enthusiastic soccer fans watched the giant screen and cheered “USA USA USA!”
Chicago will host more World Cup free viewing parties in Grant Park that will coincide with Team USA games during the World Cup tourdnament which ends July 13, 2014.
Dates for the Chicago world cup viewing parties in Grant Park are June 16, 22, 26, 2014