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Rockefeller Center is transforming into a giant World Cup viewing party

By Clayton Guse
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The group stage of the 2018 World Cup wraps up this week, and Rockefeller Center is gearing up in a big way. Telemundo has partnered with NYCFC to host a viewing party of the tournament’s knockout matches on a set of giant screens in the building’s plaza. 

Running from Saturday, June 30, through the end of the Cup on Sunday, July 15, the space will be decked out with bleachers, a custom-built soccer field and an exhibit showing off a collection of vintage soccer shirts. The fun kicks off with a viewing party of the round of 16 matches on Saturday at 10am, which will be followed by a stream of an NYCFC game at 8:30pm. All of the games at the plaza will be broadcast in Spanish, and expect hear ample cries of “Gooooooooooolllllllll” in the area.

The pop-up space will host a series of soccer-oriented activities as long as it’s up. The schedule has yet to be released, but expect pick-up soccer games, tournaments and clinics hosted by NYCFC. All of the activities will be free, but considering that Rockefeller Center is a super-popular tourist destination, you'll want to arrive early to grab a good spot. 

If you'd like a slightly more intimate setting for viewing soccer’s most prestigious event, head to one of our go-to bars for viewing the tournament

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