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2014

USA, Belgium World Cup Match To Be Screened At San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
 

Two more screenings of World Cup 2014 games will be held Tuesday at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza as Team USA takes on Belgium in the next round of the international soccer tournament.

World Cup Soccer Fans Fill Civic Center Plaza for U.S. Match
 

Crowds of fans clad in red, white and blue gear packed San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza this afternoon to watch the U.S. face Belgium in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The city’s Recreation and Park Department hosted the free public screening in partnership with American SCORES Bay Area and sponsorship from Twitter and Visa.

World Cup finale festivities will be grand spectacle
 

Join me outside City Hall on Sunday for what promises to be one of the best parties of the summer, the big-screen finale of the World Cup. It should be a quite a show. 

I took a stroll to Civic Center on Wednesday to watch the Argentina-Netherlands game and was blown away by the size of the crowd. I had no idea there were that many Dutch and Argentines in San Francisco. And I definitely didn't know that many people knew the national anthems of both countries.

LARGE CROWDS GATHER TO WATCH WORLD CUP FINAL
 

Thousands of fans of Germany, Argentina and the World Cup in general gathered to watch the final game.

Germany Brings Home 1st World Cup Since 1990
 

Germany is bringing home their first World Cup victory in over 20 years. 

World Cup USA – Fans watch World Cup final at Civic Center
 

The Civic Center was the epicenter of World Cup fever in San Francisco on Sunday. Thousands of Argentina fans, Germany fans, and soccer fans came to witness the finale to greatest sporting event on the planet. Germany scored an amazing goal to win in extra time, sending the Germany fans into ecstasy, and the Argentina fans into dispair.

World Cup fans fill Civic Center Plaza in SF as U.S. is knocked out by Belgium
 

Proudly carrying U.S. flags, people from not just the Bay Area but all around the country gathered Tuesday at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco to watch the World Cup soccer game against Belgium.

San Francisco Civic Center Turns Into World Cup Central
 

Bay Area soccer fans played hooky from work for a couple hours Thursday morning so they could be in San Francisco’s Civic Center to watch a big-screen broadcast of the U.S. men’s soccer match against Germany. Despite losing 1-0, the USA will advance to the round of 16, thanks to Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana.

U.S. Advances to World Cup Knockout Round Despite Loss
 

The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted. Christie Smith has fan reactions from San Francisco.

 
Soccer fans gather at the Civic Center Plaza to watch the USA play Germany
 

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A sea of Stars and Stripes showed up in San Francisco on Sunday to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Portugal. 


If you love up to the minute sports drama, this was the match for you. World Cup mania seized fans in San Francisco; fans who have a passion for the action.
 
Thousands Cheer on US Men's Soccer Team
 

SAN FRANCISCO Thousands of soccer fans clad in red, white and blue gathered in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza Thursday morning to watch the U.S. take on Germany in the World Cup on a jumbo screen set up outside City Hall. Thursday morning's match in Recife, Brazil, ended with a 1-0 German victory but the U.S. will still advance to the knockout round because of a 2-1 Portugal victory over Ghana.

 
SOCCER FANS CHEER ON U.S. IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
 

Thousands of soccer fans clad in red, white and blue gathered in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza Thursday morning to watch the U.S. take on Germany in the World Cup on a jumbo screen set up outside City Hall.

Big Crowd Watches World Cup at SF's Civic Center
 

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A sea of Stars and Stripes showed up in San Francisco on Sunday to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Portugal. 


If you love up to the minute sports drama, this was the match for you. World Cup mania seized fans in San Francisco; fans who have a passion for the action.
 
World Cup Fans Pack SF Civic Center For US-Portugal Match
 

Thousands of fans lined San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza to watch the USA/Portugal match in the World Cup. Brian Webb reports. (6/22/14)

 
Excitement, disappointment in S.F. over World Cup match
 

U.S. soccer fans watching the World Cup in S.F.'s Civic Center Plaza react in shock after a goal by Portugal in the closing seconds turns a win into a draw. Photo: Kevin N. Hume, The Chronicle

 
World Cup Soccer Live Free Public Screenings
 

The FREE World Cup Soccer Viewing Party is Back!

Peter started the tradition when he organized the World Cup Final Viewing in Dolores Park in 2006. 10,000 people showed up that day, and now it's become a San Francisco tradition. In order to activate and revitalize Civic Center the city has made it the new home for the free live screenings of Worldcup Soccer in 2010.

 
Let Your Free Flag Fly With Summer Concerts, Films
 
Bill Bowels, center, celebrates after team U.S.A scores while watching the U.S. vs Japan World Cup championship game at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza on Sunday, June 17, 2011. Japan won 3-1.
 
Soccer Fans Invade Civic Center Plaza for Team USA's World Cup Debut
 
World Cup fever has spread to San Francisco. More than a thousand people packed San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza under a clear blue sky this afternoon to watch the U.S. team take to the field against Ghana in its first World Cup 2014 match.
 
Best Bay Area places to watch the World Cup
 
Bay Area sports bars are getting ready to rumble. They're bracing for earlier opening hours, raucous crowds and beaucoup business for the advent of the World Cup, one of their busiest - and craziest - times.

 

San Francisco Set For Month-Long World Cup Outdoor Viewing Party At Civic Center
 
World Cup soccer fans in San Francisco will have another opportunity to view games outdoors at a public screening in Civic Center Plaza beginning Saturday morning.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2014

 

Contact:

Connie Chan, SF Rec and Park

415-895-0689, connie.chan@sfgov.org

 

 

More World Cup Viewing at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza

Generous donors enable US game to be added to schedule

 

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today additional an World Cup Viewing event scheduled for Tuesday, July 1st at Civic Center Plaza.  The first viewing of Argentina v. Switzerland will begin at 9AMand follow by USA v. Belgium at 1PM.  The date, not originally part of the free viewing events, was added when a generous group of donors stepped up to underwrite the costs.  Mini soccer games, youth skills clinics, face painting, photo booth with soccer props will be offered at the viewing event to promote healthy recreation. 

 

The free World Cup Viewing event is underwritten by Twitter and VISA and other local partners.  On Semifinal game day, Twitter will have additional screen showing tweets and photos taken by viewers in the Plaza, and the day of the Final game, Twitter will have two alternative screens, one showing tweets from the Plaza and another one showing tweets about the tournament from celebrities around the world.

 

Supporter proceeds raised beyond the cost of the event will be support activation of the Civic Center to benefit the nearby Tenderloin and Mid-Market neighborhoods, including America SCORES’ Civic Center League, which provides youth soccer and academic programming to children who live in neighborhoods around Civic Center Plaza.  Funds will also support the SF Rec and Park Scholarship program, which ensures that all San Franciscans can participate in enriching recreation activities regardless of ability to pay. 

 

Past showings of the Olympics, Men’s and Women’s World Cup Soccer and Giants baseball in Civic Center have attracted thousands of fans all cheering together with a wonderful sense of community.  These events are designed to bring the community together to celebrate the world’s game and inspire people to engage in sports.  The screening attracts diverse San Franciscans from across the City’s neighborhoods.  Get more information about the events at www.worldcupsf.com.

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