Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bryant Park To Host World Cup Viewing Parties

Is Bryant Park the new Rio de Janeiro? From World Cup fever to Panini Sticker Swaps, Brazilian Portuguese language classes to sunbathing, we bring you an immersive Brazilian experience. Have we switched hemispheres?

We've been receiving tons of requests from the public to show the FIFA World Cup games, and we listened. Mondays through Fridays, we'll be showing as many games as we can at the Southwest Porch; check out our website for the full lineup of viewings. As there are other programs going on in the areas adjacent to the Southwest Porch, we'll show some games on mute so as not to interfere with other events; check out our website to see which will be played with sound.

The crowd goes wild as Team USA scores against Ghana.

This week's viewing schedule has been decided, but there are some slots next week during which more than one game will be played; place your vote below for the game you'd like to see! Soccer fanatics, you can vote an unlimited number of times so go crazy voting for your game of choice! Voting closes one hour before the game in question.

The votes are in...
  • the 4pm game on June 26 was cancelled due to technical difficulties. 
  • at 12 noon on June 26, we'll play the USA vs. Germany game (with an astounding , but unsurprising, 97% of the vote).
  • at 12 noon on June 25, we'll play the Nigeria vs. Argentina game (with 89% of the vote).  Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to show this game. 
  • at 4pm on June 24, we'll play the Japan vs. Colombia game (with 68% of the vote).
  • at 12 noon on June 24, we'll play the Italy vs. Uruguay game (with 77% of the vote). 
  • at 4pm on June 23, we'll play the Croatia vs. Mexico game (with 61% of the vote).
  • at 12 noon on June 23, we'll play the Netherlands vs. Chile game (with 79% of the votes!)

In other good soccer news, we'll be hosting our FIFA Panini Sticker Swap every Sunday from 3 - 4pm through July 13. Join us at the Games Area so you can complete your whole book--swap your extra Ronaldos for that Fuelco you're missing.

We're even speaking Brazilian Portuguese! Join our partner Inlingua for free weekly beginner language classes and you'll be speaking like a Brazilian in no time. The full schedule of language classes is available here.

Brazil is famous for its bronzed, beachgoing population. We might not have sand, but we're a great place to relax in the sun. 

If you can't be in Rio watching the games live, Bryant Park is the next best thing!

2014 FIFA World Cup game viewings
Various times
The Southwest Porch

FIFA Panini Sticker Swap
Sundays through July 13

3 - 4pm
The Games Area, 40th Street Plaza

14 comments:

  1. Here's a request from the public -- can we have the lawn back, please? Does HBO really get to close it down for THREE DAYS out of every summer week now? Meanwhile thousands of people are crowded around the verge sitting on a gravel path, looking at the grass HBO owns.

    I used to go to the old bryant park. I was so pleased when it was cleaned up. I'm not so sure anymore. The baby, it seems, has been thrown out with the bathwater.

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    1. Hi, Khurasan,
      Thanks for your comment. The lawn is closed on Monday before the movie, and is also closed the day after for rest. This has been our lawn policy for the HBO film festival for 15 years. Today, the lawn was open before noon.
      We often get questions about why the lawn is closed, so we posted this topic on our blog: http://blog.bryantpark.org/2014/06/meetmeonthelawn-why-is-lawn-closed.html. We hope it helps!

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  2. Bryant Park should be showing USA games on the lawn so the masses can gather and cheer (with sound).

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    1. Hi there! We would love to be able to show the games on the lawn, but doing so needs to fit seamlessly with other events occurring in the park at that time; the amplified sound can't disturb workers in nearby office buildings; and there are certain issues with rights to show the games. In addition, as you may have already read on the blog, we need to protect the lawn so it can stay nice all season! With all these factors in mind, we felt the best compromise was to show the games at the Southwest Porch--it's the perfect outdoor living room. We hope you'll be able to join us to cheer on Team USA!

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  3. Thats crap, Bryant park is lame.

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  4. Went for the Argentina game today. They turned the TV on 10 minutes after the game started!!!!!!!!! and it was not working, i just left to watch the game somewhere else. Just not reliable. Never coming back.

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    1. Hi there! Thank you for stopping by to watch the game. Unfortunately we were having technical difficulties related to having a TV, cable box, and other equipment outdoors. We are trying our best to create a seamless experience for our guests, and we thank you for your patience!

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  5. So the USA vs Germany game will not be shown on a big screen and instead will be shown on the porch area?

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    1. Hi there! The big screen is not digital (instead, the picture is projected onto it), so the game would be impossible to see during the day! So games are being shown at the Southwest Porch, where you can sit on a comfy Adirondack chair and enjoy a snack, too!

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  6. PUT THE GAME ON THE BIG SCREEN !!!!!!! #USA

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    1. Hi there! The big screen is not digital (instead, the picture is projected onto it), so the game would be impossible to see during the day! So games are being shown at the Southwest Porch, where you can sit on a comfy Adirondack chair and enjoy a snack, too!

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  7. I walked 30 minutes to get to Bryant Park, only to find one 50" TV with a few hundred people trying to catch a glimpse. Disappointing, because I really wanted to watch the game with some of my fellow NYers. Either put TVs all around the area if you really can't figure out how to project in daylight like so many other cities have, or don't advertise it as a legitimate place to watch the game - because it isn't.

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    1. Hello Unknown,

      We advertised the event as a screening at the Southwest Porch on a 55 inch television. Many people heard about the screening from media outlets and word of mouth and assumed it would be on the Film Fest screen. We did our best to correct the misinformation out there, but some people came under the incorrect assumption and were disappointed. We are glad that so many people came to watch, and that we were able to provide this service to NYC.

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