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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Futbol: US vs. Belgium on large screen at Library today

Team USA fans at World Cup 2014.
Plainfield futbol fans can watch today's World Cup match between the US and Belgium on the large screen at the Plainfield Public Library today at 4 PM.

Though it is the world's most popular sport, soccer (as it is known in the US) has never reached as large an audience here as have the homegrown sports of baseball, basketball and American football.

That, however, is changing. According to Forbes magazine, the US-Portugal match got the highest ever viewership of a futbol event on ESPN. Estimates are that today's game could pull between 13 and 16 million US viewers. Not too shabby.

Meanwhile, those who have been paying attention have noticed that World Cup fever has made a real difference in Plainfield the past couple of weeks.

Depending on what countries are playing, shopping at stores and businesses and downtown traffic have been practically non-existent at times. Particularly impacted it seems, were the SID's 6th Annual Block Pary on Saturday and a Health Fair on Sunday (for which piles of garbage remained unremoved as of Monday afternoon -- who is in charge here?).

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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