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District of Columbia will host a World Cup Viewing Party July 1 on Freedom Plaza

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District of Columbia residents are being invited to a World Cup Viewing Party on Tuesday July 1st, 2014, starting at 3 pm on Freedom Plaza located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th & 14th Streets, NW.

Mayor Vincent Gray will join the DowntownDC BID, Events DC, D.C. United, DC Water, Akridge, Pepco and CBS 94.7 will host the World Cup Viewing Party to show the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on a large screen on Freedom Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis from the Tommy Show on 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as emcees for the pre-game kickoff.

DC United has been excited about the World Cup since it got underway. The franchise reports that TV ratings have been spectacular in D.C., and they are proof of how big the sport is in Washington and the region. "We've had our two biggest crowds of the year at our most recent home games at RFK Stadium, and we had an amazing watch party event at Reston Town Center for the USA-Portugal game with more than 8,000 people. We're looking forward to a great turnout and a buzzing atmosphere at Freedom Plaza for USA-Belgium," said Craig Stouffer, Director of Communications, D.C. United.

Thirty-two nations joined the competition for the 2014 World Cup Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. And although many readers in America may not be as familiar with soccer as American football, D.C. United is working hard in unity with the city to bring the District of Columbia most beautiful soccer stadium in the nation.

In July of 2013 Gray and the ownership group of four-time Major League Soccer (MLS) champion D.C. United announced the signing of a public-private partnership term sheet to build a 20,000-25,000-seat, world-class soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Southwest. The new stadium, to be located adjacent to the Fort McNair Army base, will be bounded by Half Street and Second Street SW, between R and T Streets, is anticipated to be complete in time for the 2016 season.

“This is an exciting plan that moves the District forward in two areas about which I’m passionate — economic development, particularly in the East End of the District, and sports. The new soccer stadium is the final piece in the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative puzzle that, when complete will create the most vibrant and sustainable sports-and-retail district in America,” Gray said.

A traffic alert has been issued for the District of Columbia in anticipation of the higher traffic as a result of the World Cup Viewing Party. Due to street closures and parking restrictions, Metrorail is recommended. Both Metro Center (Red, Blue and Orange) and Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange) are within walking distance of Freedom Plaza.

The following street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect from 9am – 9pm, Tuesday, July 1 in the following locations:

· 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

Travelers are advised to note that afternoon rush hour on 14th Street may be slow going as increased pedestrian volume is anticipated. Alternate routes are recommended.

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