Hundreds of fans are expected to pack Dupont Circle to watch the Women’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Sweden this Friday evening.
Though kickoff starts at 8 p.m., the event, sponsored by the Swedish embassy, officially begins at 5:30 p.m. with a DJ spinning “Swedish-oriented” dance music.
The game will be shown on a large screen in the middle of Dupont Circle. Attendees should plan to bring their own seating.
Dupont Festival co-founder and event organizer Aaron DeNu says the game should be an exciting one.
“The U.S. is ranked number two in the world. Sweden is ranked number five. Two powerhouses,” DeNu says. “It’s a huge game. They’re going to be going all out.”
There’s also a good chance that live shots from the Dupont Circle viewing party could be featured during the national broadcast on Fox.
“At last year’s U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match, [ESPN] was doing live shots of Dupont Circle during the game,” says DeNu. “All indications are that [Fox] will do that this year.”
To celebrate the occasion, local vendors will be handing out free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to attendees.
Six Dupont-area bars will also coordinate with the event to offer World Cup-themed drink specials throughout the game. The bars are:
“We’re encouraging folks to go to the surrounding Dupont Circle bars before and after the game,” DeNu says.
Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival