NEW SOCCER FUN ZONE LAUNCHED--Newbies and long-time North Park residents alike are quick to admire the terrific spirit and ability of the neighborhood over the years to simply have fun.
Celebrating its famous diversity North Park is home to art fests, beer fests, block parties, historic home tours and live music concerts in the park. Now there’s a group calling themselves World Cup North Park. At the core of WCNP is a collection of neighborhood businessmen, who are branding a new festival as the month long North Park Soccer Fan Zone. The group has captured its share of media attention for putting North Park on the map as Soccer Capital of the City.
From SanDiego.org: “During the FIFA World Cup, San Diego’s North Park neighborhood will be transformed into a soccer fan zone, with a month-long celebration entitled North Park Soccer Fan Zone. This all-ages event will include public viewing of all the games live at over 20 North Park venues, as well as a free “Final Match Street Festival” on July 13, with the final match broadcast live on a large outdoor screen, live music, food trucks and beer garden.”
From San Diego Magazine, June 2014: “To celebrate the upcoming 36-day FIFA World Cup, North Park is bringing local restaurants, cafes, and bars together to transform the neighborhood into a fan zone for soccer lovers. Beginning June 12, the newly branded World Cup North Park group (http://www.wcnp2014.com/) will air the “football” matches at various North Park haunts. World Cup North Park festivities culminate July 13 in a free final match viewing party, which will be broadcast live on a Jumbotron in the neighborhood with stadium seating, food, beer, and live music. Bring your favorite team’s jersey—and your appetite.”
From Uptown News: “Joe Balestrieri of The Office, Arne Holt of Caffé Calabria and Dang Nguyen of Bar Pink, with support from soccerloco and Adidas, have planned a flood of events to take place throughout the World Cup tournament, which begins on June 8 in Brazil. This will include two street fairs, live broadcasts of every game at more than 20 venues around the community and other contests and happenings throughout the month. The celebration of the world’s premiere soccer tournament — or “football” as it’s known virtually everywhere outside the U.S. — will climax with the Final Match Viewing Party, where the final game will be broadcast live on an outdoor jumbotron on the streets of North Park.”
From Digitalgym.org: MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego’s Digital Gym CINEMA (2921 El Cajon Blvd.) is proud to present the upcoming World Cup soccer matches from June 12 – July 13 in its’ state-of-the-art 48-seat movie theater in North Park. Games will be aired daily for free at 9 am, 12pm, and 3pm. Additionally the offering of the games in a bar-alternative setting will make this event friendly for people of all ages. Celebrating its long tradition of programs and film screenings for the Spanish Speaking community; Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym CINEMA will also show all of the games via the Spanish simulcasts. Ethan van Thillo, Founder/Executive Director of Media Arts Center San Diego, states, “We are excited to offer the World Cup soccer games in a very family friendly environment, in Spanish, and for what’s for sure to be the biggest movie screen to show the games.”
Among the many places to catch WC Soccer are:
--Bar Pink (3829 30th Street) Event founder.
--The Office (3936 30th Street) Event founder.
--If the screams coming from inside Bluefoot Bar & Lounge (3404 30th) during a recent non-World Cup soccer match on TV are any indication, one can only image the din that will roar from this popular neighborhood when the big games air.
--Place to be when Italy plays in the World Cup: Il Postino (3959 30th St.).
--True North Tavern (3815 30th St. Lots of TV screens here. Place will open at 8:30 am for early games.
--Waypoint (3994 30th Street)
--West Coast Tavern (2895 University Avenue)
--Coin-Op Restaurant & Bar (3926 30th Street)
--Ritual Tavern (4095 30th Street)
--Toronado (4026 30th Street)
--Urbn Pizza (3085 University Avenue)
--Urban Solace Restaurant (3823 30th Street)
Free BIG SCREEN Non-Booze Venue: Digital Gym/Media Arts Center, 2921 El Cajon Blvd.
For more info on North Park Soccer Fan Zone go to: WCNP2014.com.