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Area soccer fans invited to World Cup viewing party Tuesday at 3 p.m.


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Like cities and towns around the globe, the Cookeville community is awash in World Cup excitement. Chants of "USA, USA" and red, white and blue clothing have replaced the usual purple and gold attire and crowds calling out "TTU, TTU."

On Tuesday afternoon (July 1), the City of Cookeville and the local soccer community invite all fans to come together for a World Cup watch party at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center (CPAC), formerly called the Drama Center. The United States faces Belgium beginning at 3 p.m.

That means Cookeville will join the likes of Grant Park in Chicago, McTeague's Saloon in San Francisco, Wall Street Plaza in Orlando, Arlington Cinema & Draft House in Arlington, Va., and the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Kan. 

Read AP story about world cup watch parties across the USA  

The viewing party is FREE OF CHARGE, and fans are encouraged to wear RED, WHITE, & BLUE to join in for a fun afternoon cheering on this wonderful country.  The center is expected to fill quickly, so fans are encouraged to arrive early and ensure a seat.

"This is a great chance to show the entire city how important soccer and other field sports are to our community and why we all need to get behind the various teams that play by improving the fields and facilities at the complex," said Michael Lombardo, one of the organizers of the event. "I ask folks to help spread the word via their Twitter and Instagram accounts to ensure everyone knows that this great opportunity exits. We invite everyone to come decked out in their red, white and blue. It will be a terrific time for all involved."