City announces USA World Cup viewing party on Mass Ave

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  - The city is shutting down Mass Ave for a viewing party for team USA’s next game in the World Cup on Tuesday, July 1, according to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Ballard said the city teamed up with the Indy Eleven on Thursday to plan the viewing party for USA Soccer’s Round of 16 Match.

“As we see with the tremendous success of Indy Eleven, our city is coming alive with soccer fans,” said Mayor Ballard.  “I want to thank Indy Eleven, Bright House Networks and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. for coming together to plan this great block party for next Tuesday’s match.”

Tuesday’s party will mark the latest in Indy Eleven’s continuing series of World Cup Watch Parties across the state of Indiana, which will forge ahead all the way through to the tournament’s Final on Sunday, July 13.

“Indy Eleven is happy to bring together both new and longtime lovers of soccer to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team continue its run in Brazil,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt.  “Having a local connection to this team in Fort Wayne’s DaMarcus Beasley gives the soccer community here in Indiana even more reason to follow and be proud of the accomplishments of this team.”

The city has released the following details on the watch party:

  • Mass Ave will be closed to traffic from Park Ave to College Ave at 9:30 a.m. on July 1 for event set up
  • Gates will open to general public at 2:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free
  • Three 9’ x 12’ LED screens will be positioned in the area for people to watch the game. Cable service is being provided by Bright House Network.
  • Food trucks and beverage stations will be positioned along Mass Ave.
  • A designated Indy Eleven family area will feature an “Autograph Alley” with team members, inflatable games, and merchandise sales and promotional giveaway items.

Fans should bring their own chairs and blankets. Personal coolers will be permitted.

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