World Cup watch party in Grand Rapids

Soccer fans cheer on Team USA at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. (July 1, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Though the U.S. soccer team fell to Belgium Tuesday, many in Grand Rapids gathered downtown to enjoy the World Cup came together.

The game was shown on a large, LED screen at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. A large crowd gathered to view the game, which started at 4 p.m., for free.

Even Mayor Heartwell stopped by Ah-Nab-Awen Park for the World Cup watch party (pictured with 24 Hour News 8's Larry Figurski). The U.S. took on Belgium Tuesday, June 1, 2014.
(Mayor Heartwell and 24 Hour News 8’s Larry Figurski at the watch party)

Attendees were allowed to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers packed with food and non-alcoholic drinks, a release from Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. said. Venders also had snacks available for purchase.

Kristopher Larson with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. said that pre-game and half-time activities would be available, and the person who had the most patriotic costume supporting the U.S. would win a $50 gift certificate to SpeakEZ Lounge.

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