Update: Chicago Viewing Party Moved to Balbo Avenue
The 2014 FIFA World Cup viewing party hosted by U.S. Soccer on Sunday is being moved to Balbo Avenue, between Lake Shore Drive and Columbus Avenue, for the 5 p.m. CT match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Portugal.
The new site was chosen due to storms in the Chicagoland area that saturated the Lower Hutchinson Field area of Grant Park that served as the initial location. Balbo Avenue will allow fans a dry and convenient location for the party, which is free and open to everyone.
Due to the need to move the viewing party, beer will not be sold or allowed at the new Balbo Avenue location. A reminder to fans that no outside alcohol will be allowed into the viewing party. For a list of other prohibited items click here.
Other plans remain the same for Sunday, including ESPN’s live feed of the match displayed on a 33’-by-19’ high-definition screen with the majestic Chicago skyline serving as the background. The event will be emceed by J Niice, host of The J Show on Chicago's B96-FM, and the Marriott Halftime Show will feature the pairing of Chicago Fire forward and 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee with former U.S. Men's National Team star and Chicago Fire assistant coach Clint Mathis.
U.S. Soccer merchandise and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Sunday’s party will also feature a U.S. Soccer Fan Fest area adjacent to Arvey Field, which will open at noon and offer fans a variety of soccer-related activities throughout the day.
Sunday’s viewing party is supported by the Chicago Park District.
The Petrillo Music Shell at Butler Field, located near Columbus Drive and Jackson Street in Grant Park, will host the June 26 event around the USA’s final group match against Germany.