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German Embassy Plans to Host the “Largest” Soccer Party in Washington at Dupont Circle

The public viewing will feature two large screens.

Watch the game at Dupont Circle on Thursday. Photograph by Flickr user NC in DC.

In a bold and possibly brave move—given Washington’s passion for US soccer at the World Cup—the German Embassy plans to host a large soccer party at Dupont Circle Park on Thursday for the US-Germany showdown. The Embassy says it expects the gathering to be “the largest public viewing event in Washington.”

Spokesperson Bradford Elder said the party begins at 11:30, with remarks from Ambassador Peter Wittig at 11:40. At noon, the game will be broadcast on two “large, weather- and glare-proof screens.” The party lasts until the game is over­—win, lose, or draw.

It’s open to anyone who wants to attend. People can bring their lunch, because no food or drink will be served by the Embassy, in compliance with National Park Service rules, said Elder.

We had to ask, though, what will they do if a riot breaks out should Germany win? The spokesman got very serious. “It remains to be seen what the breakdown of fans will be, but we expect as many supporters of the US as Germany, a balanced fan base.”

Where will you be watching the game? We’d love to hear in our comments section, especially if you have a clever way to score a two-hour lunch break.