PRESS RELEASE: DowntownDC to Host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final Viewing on Freedom Plaza, July 10 & 11


Washington, D.C. – The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) has partnered with the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Comcast Business and Events DC to bring the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Freedom Plaza (13th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW) on July 10 & 11.

“We are pleased to welcome soccer fans to DowntownDC for the 2018 World Cup semi-final games,” said BID President & CEO Neil Albert. “We look forward to having longtime fans and newcomers join together to cheer on their favorite teams in this unique outdoor setting.”

“It’s a big month for sports fans in DC, and a particularly fantastic week for soccer fans. As we prepare to cut the ribbon on Audi Field and cheer on DC United at their first game in the new stadium, this is one more opportunity for residents and visitors to come together and celebrate soccer in the sports capital,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“Comcast Business is excited to serve as a cosponsor with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Events DC and with D.C. United in bringing DC soccer fans the chance to enjoy the World Cup games outside at Freedom Plaza,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region.

D.C. United will be on-site each day beginning at 1pm with giveaways and a live raffle. The game livestream, transmitted via Telemundo and shown on a Jumbo TV overlooking the plaza, will begin at 2pm each day and end after 90 minutes or following the conclusion of each game. Limited seating will be available and guests are encouraged to bring additional seating options. Food trucks will be in attendance.

DC Water will provide misting tents and drinking water for guests. On-site facilities will be available. Attendees are advised to prepare for high temperatures.

Guests will have the opportunity to commemorate the July 10 event with OM Digital’s on-site photo booth.

In 2014, the BID joined with the city to host a World Cup Viewing Party on Freedom Plaza for the USA vs. Belgium game. The plaza, a U.S. National Park Service site, is located across from the John A. Wilson Building.

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