World Cup craze continues in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – With a noon start time, plenty of people played hookey on Thursday in central Indiana for the World Cup.

Others stretched their lunch hour to 90 minutes or more. And for a moment, Indianapolis forgot about the NFL and the NBA and became a soccer town.

Union Jacks in Broad Ripple was packed an hour and a half before the USA vs. Germany World Cup game on Thursday. Tables were at a premium, but most of the fans didn’t want one anyway.

One female fan told 24-Hour News 8, “Oh yea. There’s no sitting. We got to get rowdy. We got to get loud.”

Loud was easy for this crowd, which spent much of the time chanting, “USA, USA.”

An early start time for the game had some fans staying away from work.

“Well I was supposed to be at work. But I took a half day. So I’ll just make up the hours tomorrow. It’s worth the sacrifice for America,” said a man who didn’t want to identify himself.

In fact, most didn’t want to say their names, so we stopped asking. Names were not important on this day. After all, there was no space available at the Colts Grill downtown. No one cared that the game they were watching was a different kind of football, so they cheered when the USA almost scored and moaned when Germany did.

But even with a loss, the USA is moving on and Central Indiana’s World Cup craze continues.

The USA is in the round of 16. It’s the knockout round, so it’s win or go home.

24-Hour News 8 has learned the city is working closing Mass Avenue for the next USA game. For more details on the watch party, click here.

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