by Borderstan.com June 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm 3,125 4 Comments

Soccer in the Circle 2010

Note: Go to Borderstan’s flickr page for photos from today’s Soccer in the Circle. SITC also has photos from today.

Soccer in the Circle drew thousands of futbol fans today for the three FIFA World Cup matches shown on two large screens in Dupont Circle. Soccer in the Circle day is part of the Dupont Festival series, which brings events to Dupont Circle. The weather was sunny and hot with temperatures in the 90s. There was a soccerpalooza-type atmosphere to the event, but the crowd was relaxed and organizers kept the day’s events running smoothly. Special guest was legendary US Men’s National Soccer Team defender Eddie Pope.

Korea defeated Greece 2-0 in the 7:30 am match, Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 in the 10 am match, and in the days’ grand finale the USA managed a 1-1 tie with England. The crowd erupted in cheers when the USA scored its only goal, which came in the second half.The 2010 World Cup is in South Africa, which is six hours ahead of Washington.

Favorite sign of the day: Spice Girls Suck!!! Miley Rules

SITC organizers are still raising money in hopes of staging another event on July 11 for the World Cup final match. The group raised approximately $20,000 to cover today’s event.

Flickr, Facebook, Twitter

On the Web, the SITC team has an official Flickr group for uploading photos and videos of our event. SITC has a Facebook Page as well. For other social networking sites, including Twitter, the group is using the tag SITCDC (Soccer in the Circle DC).

What is Dupont Festival?

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. SITC says that they hope to “screen the World Cup final on July 11 and stage other events in the Circle during the year,” but still need help with funds. The Festival will have a table in the park for donations by cash and check. Donations can also be made via the group’s PayPalsite. Dupont Festival is a project of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, a non-profit group with 501(c)(3) status.

by Borderstan.com June 11, 2010 at 8:01 am 1,478 0

The World Cup starts today in South Africa with two matches, but tomorrow is the beginning of Soccer in the Circle. The Dupont Festival-Soccer in the Circle will have two large screens in Dupont Circle to show Saturday’s three matches:

  1. Greece vs. South Korea, 7:30 am kickoff
  2. Argentina vs. Nigeria, 10 am kickoff
  3. England vs. USA, 2:30 pm kickoff

According to the organizers of Soccer in the Circle, an entertainment program starts at 1:30 pm in the center of the park, featuring:

  • An award-winning “Diski Dance” by Team America Football Club (TAFC) 97 Fusion, an under-12 girls’ soccer team from Northern Virginia.
  • A special performance of a new World Cup song by a DC-based reggae/dub artist.
  • An appearance by legendary US Men’s National Soccer Team defender Eddie Pope.

Flickr, Facebook, Twitter

On the Web, the SITC team has an official Flickr group for uploading photos and videos of our event. SITC has a Facebook Page as well. For other social networking sites, including Twitter, the group is using the tag SITCDC (Soccer in the Circle DC).

World Cup at Dupont Bars and Restaurants

SITC has provided a map of bars and restaurants in the Dupont area that support SITC and have their own screens for the World Cup on June 12.

What is Dupont Festival?

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. SITC says that they hope to “screen the World Cup final on July 11 and stage other events in the Circle during the year,” but still need help with funds. The Festival will have a table in the park for donations by cash and check. Donations can also be made via the group’s PayPal site. Dupont Festival is a project of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, a non-profit group with 501(c)(3) status.

by Borderstan.com June 2, 2010 at 12:21 am 1,798 10 Comments

World Cup Soccer in the Circle is part of the Dupont Festival series. (Dupont Festival website)

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.

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