Brookhaven to host largest World Cup viewing in Southeast

BROOKHAVEN, Ga-- Brookhaven Park is tucked in between all those spots you know, and it's still easy to pass. Just across from the Brookhaven MARTA stop, Soccerfest organizers have decided it's the perfect spot to host the largest World Cup viewing party in the Southeast.

You see an empty field. Craig Fenti and John Ernst see what soccer fans around the world see: a place to gather and cheer.

"We saw in Europe how everyone got together in their towns ans Piazzas and they had a huge screen and everybody watched their team play and cheer on their team. So, we wanted to bring that to Atlanta," Fenti said.

The first Soccerfest was during the last World Cup in 2010. This year, they expect a crowd of 5,000-7,000.

"It has definitely grown from four years ago," Fenti said.

Ernst says it mirrors the growing excitement for the World Cup. "I think it's just double. You have friends on Facebook talking about soccer, not even about the U.S. game," he said. "Everyone's looking at it this time around."

Soccerfest starts at 12:00 Sunday and will last until the end of the USA vs. Portugal game that starts at 6:00 pm. There's very little parking available on site, so you have to take MARTA or park at the MARTA station. The Park is .08 miles from the Brookhaven MARTA stop, but there are also shuttles running if you don't want to walk. Entry to the event is free, but you'll want to bring cash for the food trucks and drinks on site.


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