Want to watch some World Cup soccer outdoors in Dupont Circle?
You can support Soccer in the Circle, which is raising money to bring World Cup soccer on big screens to Dupont Circle, as part of the Dupont Festival events. (You can also find Soccer in the Circle on Facebook.)
According to Soccer in the Circle organizer Michael Lipin, “We plan to set up two big screens in Dupont Circle Park for live broadcasts of all three matches on Saturday, June 12, including South Korea vs Greece, 7:30 am kickoff… Argentina vs Nigeria, 10 am kickoff… and the main event, USA vs England, 2:30 pm kickoff.” World Cup is being hosted by South Africa this year, which is 6 hours ahead of DC.
Lipin says they are close to the $20,000 needed to cover the cost of the kickoff games on June 12, with additional funds going toward screening additional World Cup games. On Wednesday, the Dupont Festival received the FIFA license that will allow them to show the games. The FIFA World Cup final is Sunday, July 11.
Dupont Festival Soccer in the Circle funds go toward rental of audio-visual equipment, security, porta-potties, a FIFA license fee, and a cost-recovery deposit to be paid to the National Park Service.
Lipin says that donations are tax-deductible and are made through Dupont Festival, a 501(c)(3) charitable group. Donations can be made via the group’s PayPal site.
The purpose of Dupont Festival is to organize and implement a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities in the greater Dupont Circle area throughout the year.
In related news, Washington Business Journal reported Tuesday that bars in DC have received approval to open at 7 am during World Cup, “but it has barred those locations from selling alcohol any earlier than their licenses currently allow.” In DC bars can begin serving alcohol at 8 am Monday through Saturday and at 10 am on Sundays.