To mark the 2014 Fifa World Cup on July 13th, the City of Vancouver will be hosting “Soccer! Samba!! Celebration!!!” at the Trout Lake Community Centre.
A celebration for 800 people, in a city of 600,000 people and a region of 2.5 million people, this is the best our crowd fearing (thank you very much rioters and lack of planning) city could muster for the biggest sporting event in the world. Gone are the progressive days of hosting large screen outdoor parties on Granville Street. Remember those? Those lasted all but one year after the Olympics.
The free event is designed to provide a fun, family-friendly, alcohol-free community celebration of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final match, capturing the “All In One Rhythm” spirit of the Brazilian World Cup as well as promoting the 2015 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Canada.
“Vancouver is a city that loves its soccer, and we want to make sure that World Cup fans of all ages can take in the excitement during the final weekend,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup coming to Vancouver next year, soccer fever is building, and Trout Lake will be the destination for soccer families to take in the final on the big screen next weekend.”
“Soccer fans throughout Vancouver have been coming to watch the World Cup at our community centres, and this will be a great way to cap off the tournament,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper. ” ‘Soccer! Samba! Celebration!’ will have something for the whole soccer family.”
The event will boast one of the largest LED viewing screens in Vancouver as well as two themed zones that will help to create as close to a “you are there” experience as possible, one that captures the incredible excitement, atmosphere and spirit of the game:
There will also a wide range of activities for people of all ages, such as a best dressed fan contest, face painting, live performances from local South American and Brazilian cultural troupes and a station where children can design their own soccer jerseys.
The event is only able to accommodate up to 800 people, so those who wish to attend are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.ca/
Throughout the remainder of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, the following Community Centres will be showing the remaining matches on the TVs in their lobbies and lounges: Britannia, Roundhouse, Coal Harbour, West End, Douglas Park, Kitsilano, Strathcona, Sunset, Hastings, Trout Lake, Dunbar, West Point Grey. Please contact your local Community Centres for more information.
It’s great that community centres offer this option. However, the city needs to take a cue from cities not afraid of large public gathering for sporting events. Vancouver is a soccer hotbed, and a large outdoor screen party would be the ideal way to celebrate the final.
Feature Image: Vancouver outdoor world cup celebration via shutterstock