Niagara Gazette — Old Falls Street is about to catch World Cup fever.
The state-run USA Niagara Development Corp. and its partner, Global Spectrum, announced this week plans to broadcast live on Old Falls Street Tuesday's World Cup soccer match between the United States and Belgium.
Fans are invited to cheer on the team while watching all the action on a large screen that will be set up right on the street. The party starts at 3 p.m., Tuesday, at the intersection of Old Falls and 3rd streets. Attendees are encouraged to show up before the game kicks off at 4 p.m. Food, beer, wine and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
Representatives from Global Spectrum said fans are encouraged to bust out their favorite red, white and blue outfit and remember to bring a lawn chair for the best soccer viewing experience in the Falls.
“We’re throwing a World Cup Soccer party and everyone is invited,” said Mayor Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. “I can’t wait to hear the cheers and see the hundreds of soccer fans enjoying the game on Old Falls Street.”
Global Spectrum, which was hired by the state to oversee events along Old Falls Street, organized similar World Cup viewing parties at Canalside in Buffalo in recent weeks, drawing thousands of soccer fans to the city's waterfront.
USA Niagara Development Corp. President Chris Schoepflin hopes the Niagara Falls viewing party will be similarly received.
“Take a great soccer game, add in a big outdoor viewing screen, tasty food, beer and wine and suddenly you have a party no one will want to miss,” he said. “ It’s time for Niagara Falls to score big with an all American soccer party that’s guaranteed to be a good time for all. Go USA!”