Fans who are planning to skip out of work early on Tuesday to watch the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match will have plenty of company. Dozens of watch parties have sprung up around the country as fans prepare to cheer on the Yanks in the Round of 16.
U.S. Soccer will host thousands of fans at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears. The gates will open at 2:30 p.m. ET, ahead of the match’s 4 p.m. start time. The viewing party is free, and fans can also purchase U.S. Soccer merchandise, food and beverages.
Meanwhile, fans on the West Coast can attend a viewing party hosted by Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. The event will take place at the waterfront Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach, California. A similar event for the June 26 USA-Germany match drew more than 1,500 people, Inside SoCal reports. A second viewing party will be held at Petco Park’s Park at the Park in San Diego.
On the East Coast, Terminus Legion, a soccer fan club in Atlanta, Georgia, will sponsor a large World Cup viewing party outside of Park Tavern restaurant. Fans can set up their own viewing space in front of the venue’s 9-foot-by-14-foot screen, according to NBC 11 in Atlanta.
Curious about where to find a viewing party in your own city? Major League Soccer compiled a list of the best viewing parties around the nation; the full list can be viewed here, but here's a roundup of events in several major cities:
Park Tavern, 3 p.m. ET
Big Sky Buckhead, 4 p.m. ET
City Hall Plaza, 3:30 p.m. ET
Soldier Field, 1:30 p.m. CT
Columbus Commons, 3 p.m. ET
AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center, 2 p.m. CT
Lucky’s Pub, 3 p.m. CT
Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, 11 a.m. PT
Legends Bar NYC
Wall Street Plaza, 2 p.m. ET
Petco Park’s Park at the Park, 12:30 p.m. PT
CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1 p.m. ET
Freedom Plaza, 3 p.m. ET