SF Rec & Park to Host Women’s World Cup Public Viewing Parties

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2011

Contact:               Elton Pon
Phone:                
415-831-2782
E-Mail:                
elton.pon@sfgov.org

SAN FRANCISCO – Fresh off last summer’s wildly popular World Cup soccer broadcasts at Civic Center Plaza, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will again host free, family-friendly viewing parties featuring the best of this month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup matches.

Rec and Park will host live broadcasts of the quarterfinal matches on Saturday, July 9 (at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. PST); the semifinals on Wednesday, July 13 (9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. PST); and the final match on Sunday, July 17 (11:45 am. PST).

Each event day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the energy of a live crowd and watch the world’s best women soccer players compete on a large, 13’x17’ screen.  Activities for kids, including mini-soccer games, giant inflatables and soccer skills challenges will be provided by Rec and Park and park partner America SCORES Bay Area.  Gourmet food trucks from Off-the-Grid will also be on hand to feed the masses.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Recreation and Park Department to provide free, family-friendly events to the public and to raise the profile of women and girls in sports,” said general manager Phil Ginsburg.  “We have a rich history of providing quality sports programs for girls, and seeing the world’s best women soccer players competing at such a high level will hopefully inspire budding athletes to get out and play.”

The broadcast events are co-presented by VISA. Other sponsors include: Playground&E, Recology, the German Consulate, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families, the San Francisco Department of Public Works, America SCORES Bay Area, the San Francisco Parks Trust, San Francisco Vikings Youth Soccer, Mission Youth Soccer League, the Teamsters and KNBR.

The USA Women’s Soccer Team beat North Korea, 2-0, on June 28, and will now face its next opponents, Columbia, on July 2, and Sweden, on July 6.  If Team USA advances, it will be one of the teams playing in the quarterfinals on July 9.

For more information, please visit www.worldcupsf.com.

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