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World Cup viewing parties coming to downtown Portland

The Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting and TAOW Modern Marketing are teaming up to present two free public viewing parties that will offer thousands of area soccer fans the chance to share in the excitement of the upcoming 2010 World Cup as part of “Soccer City Celebration presented by McDonald’s.”

The main events will include a viewing party at Director Park in downtown Portland on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. as the United States takes on England in the much-anticipated group-play opener for both sides. The second event will feature the World Cup final at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Sunday, July 11, at 11 a.m. Both matches are slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific). Similar viewing events during the 2006 World Cup drew thousands of enthusiastic Oregonians to downtown Portland, as area fans rallied around the biggest sporting event in the world in a setting unique to Soccer City, USA.

“We’re thrilled to give Oregonians the chance to come together and celebrate the incredible drama of World Cup soccer in the heart of downtown Portland,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “Portland’s passion for soccer will no doubt be on full display on June 12 and July 11.”

To add to the excitement, the Timbers will unveil the team’s new crest at halftime of the United States-England match on Saturday, June 12. The new logo symbolizes the Timbers ascent to Major League Soccer in 2011, proudly signifying Portland’s deserved place in top-flight soccer in the United States. New-logo apparel will be available for purchase at Director Park immediately after the unveiling of the team’s new crest.

“Director Park offers the perfect setting to bring Portland’s widely acclaimed soccer community together to witness the launch of the 2010 World Cup with the U.S. vs. England match right here in Soccer City, USA,” said Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.

The June 12 match will be shown on a 12′ x 17′ truck-mounted LED screen at Director Park. The finals on July 11 will be presented on a 17′ x 23′ truck-mounted LED screen in “Portland’s Living Room” – Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The free viewing events are a perfect way for passionate soccer enthusiasts and entertainment-seekers alike to join together to celebrate the world’s game. Fans also should stay tuned for announcements regarding additional viewing parties slated for area restaurants and pubs leading into the big finale at Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 11.

Director Park is located at SW Taylor and Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Pioneer Courthouse Square is located between SW Morrison and Yamhill on Broadway in downtown Portland.


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