Grant Park World Cup viewing party moves to bigger field

So many people turned out for the official Chicago viewing party for this week’s U.S. vs. Ghana World Cup match that organizers have moved Sunday’s U.S.-Portugal viewing party to a larger field in Grant Park.

Monday’s party packed thousands into Arvey Field at Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road, with so many fans that those in parts of the field couldn’t view the game on the 19-by-33 foot, high-definition screen. A few even took to the trees to get a better view of the U.S. team beating Ghana 2-1.

In reponse to the large crowd Monday, Sunday’s viewing party will be held at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, at the southeast corner of Balbo and Columbus drives, according to a spokesman for U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States. A fan activity area will open at noon where food and memoribilia will be sold, and the viewing area will open at 2 p.m., with the match starting at 5 p.m.

WBBM-FM B96 host J Niice will emcee Sunday’s party, with a halftime show including Chicago Fire player Mike Magee and Fire assistant coach Clint Mathis, according to U.S. Soccer.

Another viewing party, for the U.S. vs. Germany match, will be held June 26 at the Petrillo Music Shell, at Columbus and Jackson drives. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

U.S. Soccer is sponsoring the viewing party along with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Sports Commission. | Twitter: @ChicagoBreaking



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