McAllen hosts official World Cup viewing outdoors

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:58pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:27am

The McAllen Convention Center is an official viewing site for the FIFA World Cup. 

Starting next Thursday and running for a month, 54 games will be shown on a 12 foot by 18 foot LED screen. Fans who show up can buy food from vendors. They'll also need to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit at the outside viewing area. 

"I think that it's symbolic that it's outdoors, soccer is played outdoors, and I think that it adds to the atmosphere, hopefully," McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said.   

Tuesday's announcement featured dancers and face-painters. During the annoucement, those in attendance watched from the shade. 

"I mean, unless we've got some kind of terrible rain, and luckily, this TV is mobile, I think we're going to have it out here," McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez said. 

Some people might question holding the viewing area outdoors in the McAllen summer.  After all, World Cup matches  will go on all afternoon and last upwards of two hours. 

City officials say they'll do everything they can to make sure viewers are cool, including bringing in massive tents in this grassy area to shield them from the summer sun.

"I think so, after standing out here today, I think we're going to have some shade facilities," Darling said. "It's winter down in Brazil, so it'll feel cooler here."

City officials say thousands are expected to come out and watch. The television feed will be from Univision, so the audio will be in all Spanish.

"It shows we care about our citizens, and we want to have a variety of events for them to participate in," Darling said. "I think it'll be a lot of fun."

 

Mexico's first game is Friday the 13th at 10:30 a.m., and the Americans' first game is two Mondays from now at 4:30 p.m.

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