Dupont Could Become World Cup Central

Big screens could appear

By John Wist
|  Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010  |  Updated 10:46 AM EDT
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Dupont Could Become World Cup Central

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Soccer fans react while watching the World Cup final between Italy and France at Felix in the Manhattan, New York City. Italy won 5-3 in a shoot out after a 1-1 draw.

Soccer hooligans unite! With your help, the World Cup could come to D.C.!  Well, on big TV screens, at least.

It’s called Soccer in the Circle and it’s the brainchild of Dupont Festival.

The group’s goal is to show at least the three opening-round games on June 11, the kick-off of the month-long World Cup. That would include the highly anticipated USA vs. England match at 2:30 p.m. as well as South Korea vs. Greece at 7:30 a.m. and Argentina vs. Nigeria at 10 a.m.

Soccer in the Circle told local blog Borderstan they will need to raise about $20,000 to pull off the event. They also need approval from FIFA, the organization that governs the World Cup, and ESPN, who will be broadcasting all of the games.

That's a lot of red tape to get around, but if all goes well, Soccer in the Circle could expand the number of games they’ll show to include the final match on July 11.

Aaron DeNu, one of the organizers, told the Washington Post that D.C. is a perfect place to hold an event like this.

“There certainly is a soccer culture in D.C.,” DeNu told the Post. 

Soccer in the Circle is looking for fans of football (remember, that’s what the rest of the world calls it) to help them make the screenings a reality. You can join the cause tonight at The Front Page (1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW) starting at 6 p.m. They are suggesting a $5 donation at the door and drinks will be $2.50 until midnight.

Bars are already cheering the coming of the Cup. The District has given bars permission to open at 7 a.m. during the month-long competition. Alcohol however, won’t be able to be served until 8 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sundays.


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