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Huge World Cup Viewing Party at Freedom Plaza for U.S. vs. Belgium

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U.S. soccer fans will gather in droves at Freedom Plaza hoping to see Clint Dempsey and the U.S. advance in the World Cup. (credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

U.S. soccer fans will gather in droves at Freedom Plaza hoping to see Clint Dempsey and the U.S. advance in the World Cup. (credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Sweaty soccer fans will converge in a sunbaked plaza in downtown Washington to watch the United States take on Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration has teamed with 94.7 Fresh FM to organize a World Cup viewing party to be held Tuesday afternoon in Freedom Plaza, across the street from the District government building. The party starts at 3 p.m., an hour before the game, which will be broadcast on a 17-foot-tall screen.

Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis from The Tommy Show on Fresh FM will serve as pre-game emcees.

City officials will provide water and “misting stations” at the event. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high temperature of 96 degrees.

D.C. United will also co-host the viewing party along with Akridge, a developer that stands to benefit if the city agrees to build a new stadium for the Major League Soccer franchise.

A number of streets surrounding Freedom Plaza will be closed to accommodate the event. Officials encourage fans to take Metro instead of driving.
Street Closures

  • Pennsylvania Avenue from 13th Street to 14th Street, NW
  • E Street from 13th Street to 14th Street, NW
  • 13th Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

A separate viewing party hosted by the Smithsonian and the Embassy of Belgium is being held at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard.

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