Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Free World Cup party here

By Dan Gesslein
It’s the biggest sporting news in the Bronx. No, not which Hollywood starlet A-Rod is dating now. The borough will hold one of the biggest World Cup Soccer viewing parties within spitting distance of Yankee Stadium.
Dr. Cary Goodman, executive director of the 161st Street Business Improvement District (BID), announced that the BID will host a World Cup Soccer viewing on June 26th starting at 10 a.m. The viewing will take place all day long at Lou Gehrig Plaza right outside the Bronx County Courthouse and up the road from Yankee Stadium.
“We’re trying to enhance the friendliness and cleanliness in the area,” Goodman said. “The BID’s role is to make this an exciting neighborhood not just in Yankee Stadium.”
The World Cup party will take place on June 26th while the Yankees are on the West Coast. Goodman said they wanted to make the viewing party on a day when the entire family can enjoy it. As a result organizers picked the June 26th date because schools will be out for the summer allowing future soccer stars to enjoy the international event.
In the shadow of Yankee Stadium at Macombs Dam Park, soccer is big. Goodman said organizers will reach out to soccer clubs at the park and leagues throughout the borough to get the word out about the viewing. 
“Every part of the world is in this match,” Goodman said.
Four years ago during the last World Cup, Bronxites could only watch Italy go on to win the championship either in their hot houses or in bars. The BID was not in existence until a year ago and no one else in the borough held a viewing party on a massive scren TV. Now Bronx residents will come together as a community to cheer on their favorites.
The BID will provide chairs for the first 200 people but Goodman suggests that if you come later then bring your own folding chairs. And with restaurants like the Yankee Tavern within spitting distance of the viewing party, residents can make a truly enjoyable day of witnessing sports history.
For information check out the BID’s website: 

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