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Soccer fever takes over Vancouver

July 6 2014

"Vancouver is a city that loves its soccer, and we want to make sure that World Cup fans of all ages can take in the excitement during the final weekend," said Mayor Gregor Robertson

Soccer goalie

To mark the 2014 Fifa World Cup Final on July 13, the City of Vancouver will be hosting “Soccer! Samba!! Celebration!!!” at the Trout Lake Community Centre.

About this event

The free event is designed to provide a fun, family-friendly, alcohol-free community celebration of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final match, capturing the “All In One Rhythm” spirit of the Brazilian World Cup as well as promoting the 2015 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Canada.

"Vancouver is a city that loves its soccer, and we want to make sure that World Cup fans of all ages can take in the excitement during the final weekend," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "With the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup coming to Vancouver next year, soccer fever is building, and Trout Lake will be the destination for soccer families to take in the final on the big screen next weekend."

"Soccer fans throughout Vancouver have been coming to watch the World Cup at our community centres, and this will be a great way to cap off the tournament," said Vancouver Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper. " 'Soccer! Samba! Celebration!' will have something for the whole soccer family."

LED viewing screen and two themed zones

The event will boast one of the largest LED viewing screens in Vancouver as well as two themed zones that will help to create as close to a “you are there” experience as possible, one that captures the incredible excitement, atmosphere, and spirit of the game:

  • “Rio De Janeiro” Zone - Designed to create as vivid and compelling an environment as possible by mimicking the sound, feeling, and atmosphere of the final match’s Estadio do Maracana stadium through a 13’ x 23’ LED wall and immersive sound. This zone will capture the heightened drama, excitement, and emotional impact of attending the actual game.
  • “Soccer Fan Fun” Zone – Featuring interactive activities and games, Soccer Fan Fun is designed to engage and inspire the young and young at heart in a celebration of soccer in general.

Activities for all ages

There will be a wide range of activities for people of all ages, such as a:

  • Best dressed fan contest
  • Face painting
  • Live performances from local South American and Brazilian cultural troupes
  • A station where children can design their own soccer jerseys

Reserve tickets to attend

The event is only able to accommodate up to 800 people, so if you wish to attend, reserve your tickets in advance. Doors open at 10:00am.

Whitecaps soccer clinic

To support the city’s Healthy City initiative, members of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be running a soccer clinic for children aged 7-12 on July 13 at Trout Lake Community Centre. The clinic will be led by Vancouver-born Sam Lenarduzzi who played for nine years with Whitecaps FC and over 47 times for the Canadian national team  as well as being a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Registration will take place at 10:00am with the hour long clinic beginning at 10:15am.

Where to see the World Cup

Community centres

Throughout the remainder of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, the following community centres will be showing the remaining matches on the TVs in their lobbies and lounges:

  • Britannia
  • Roundhouse
  • Coal Harbour
  • West End
  • Douglas Park
  • Kitsilano
  • Strathcona
  • Sunset
  • Hastings
  • Trout Lake
  • Dunbar
  • West Point Grey

 Please contact your local community centres for more information.

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