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Where to Watch U.S.-Belgium in the World Cup

Crowds at Dupont Circle for last week's game

The D.C. government will try to one-up the German Embassy for tomorrow's World Cup round of 16 game and host a watch party of its own. The city is partnering with D.C. United, Downtown DC BID, Events DC, and others to throw a free U.S. vs. Belgium watch party in Freedom Plaza.

The German Embassy put up the $30,000 to sponsor last week's main watch party for the U.S. vs. Germany game in Dupont Circle, which thousands of people attended. But the organizer of the event, Dupont Festival, says it couldn't find anyone to sponsor tomorrow's game, according to the Washington Post

Tomorrow's party will have considerably less shade than the one last week in the tree-adorned circle, but D.C. Water will have water stations at tomorrow's event. Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis from the Tommy Show on 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as emcees before the game starts. The watch party will begin at 3 p.m., an hour before the game starts at 4.

The following streets will be closed around Freedom Plaza,  located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. DDOT spokesman Reggie Sanders says the streets will be closed for so long because of the set up and clean up required and the "high volume" of people expected to attend.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue from 13th Street to 14th Street, NW
  • E Street from 13th Street to 14th Street, NW
  • 13th Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

If you prefer to legally drink beer at your soccer games, you may want to head to the Fairground near Nats Park, where there will be another watching event with food trucks and beer for sale. (Or go to any of these spots.)

If you like to watch your game in enemy territory, the Belgium Embassy invites fans to watch with them in the courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery.  This event will have natural outdoor lighting, but will be inside and air-conditioned.

If TV stats are any guide, plenty of people will be watching in less public spots, anyway; D.C. has been generating ESPN's highest ratings for the World Cup so far.

Photo by Perry Stein

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  • James Thomas

    Hey Perry,

    Just so that you know, NPG / SAAM (Nat'l Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Am. Art Museum) actually announced that they were going to show the game first, and the Embassy of Belgium jumped on it and claimed it as "their" spot, retweeting the news widely. A lot of federal employees will be there watching the game there, however, so I don't necessarily think it will be "enemy territory."

    In any case: Thanks for the reporting and go, uh, Soccer.

    James Thomas
    National Gallery of Art

  • Marvin E. Adams

    Unlike some, I have N-O qualms, what-so-ever in extending credit where credit is due. Many kudos to the Mayor and his administration for promptly pulling this off. FTR, only "wussies" watch soccer matches in air conditioned, closed environs. I'm just saying...

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